Recommendation made for tax on sugary drinks

A tax on sugary drinks is being supported by two national health organizations.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association endorsed a series of new measures.

Both groups called for a limit on the marketing of sugary drinks to children, in addition to the tax.

The current AAP dietary guidelines recommend that children and teens consume less than 10 percent of calories from added sugars.

But data shows that children and teens now consume 17 percent of their calories from added sugars… nearly half of which comes from drinks alone.

Dietitians at Gundersen Health System say the resulting problems can last a lifetime.

“Added sugar in the diet for a child can contribute to obesity and and obesity related conditions, like heart disease later in life,” said Gundersen Health System Registered Dietitian Cindy Solis.

Healthy drinks like water or milk are recommended to be the default option on children’s menus and in vending machines.

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