According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the U.S. government is exploring options to put added tax on soft drinks such as soda and several other non-carbonated beverages. Some health experts believe this move will help curb obesity, but others express doubt. Meanwhile, politicos are sure of one thing: The payoff will be huge.

It’s reported that a 40% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would bring in about $2.5 billion per year. The weight-loss effects (caused by people drinking less to cut costs) are predicted to measure out to about a 1.3-pound decrease per individual, when averaged out. However, it must be considered that the tax would presumably mostly affect the middle class, because the upper class’s consumption habits wouldn’t be affected and the lower class would more likely turn to other means of buying their beverages (coupons, buying in bulk) than quitting or cutting back. Some say that any measure that could help curb obesity in America–called one of the fattest nations on the planet–is worthwhile, even in small amounts and affecting a limited population.

It was also surmised that taxing all sugar-sweetened drinks would be better than just taxing the carbonated kind, since this would include artificial “juices” as well, which are largely consumed by children. Obesity affects 17% of youths in America. First lady Michelle Obama has recently brought extra attention to this epidemic with her efforts through the Let’s Move! campaign in 2010.

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