Wood Pushes Soda Tax Amid Busy Health Week
March 12, 2016 at 8:41AM
According Kick the Can, a statewide campaign to decrease sugary beverage consumption, the average American drinks 42 gallons of sugary beverage annually, dumping some 39 pounds of sugar into their diets. A host of studies have also tracked how America’s obesity epidemic has mirrored its skyrocketing beverage sizes, noting that while the first fountain drinks were offered at McDonald’s in a 7-ounce size in 1955, the fast food giant’s kid’s size now comes in at 12 ounces, with a 42-ounce adult supersize version available. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, fewer than 10 percent of Americans were clinically obese in 1950.