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Pediatricians are calling for a soda tax—what parents need to know

The other day I asked my 3-year-old what he wanted for dinner and he had one word for me: "Coke." I laughed pretty hard at that one (and suggested actual food instead) but according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), kids' consumption of calorie-laden sodas isn't funny, it's actually alarming.

The AAP is joining the American Heart Association in calling for a tax on soda, as well as other proposed policies for federal, state, and local lawmakers to reduce the amount of sugar America's kids are consuming.

The AAP's new policy statement, "Public Policies to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption in Children and Adolescents," recommends taxing soda, limiting the marketing of sugary drinks to children, and making healthier beverages more financially attractive to parents.

While current guidelines suggest kids get fewer than 10% of their daily calories from added sugars, research shows kids get about 17% of their calories from added sugars, with about half of those coming from soda and other sugary drinks, the AAP notes."On average, children are consuming over 30 gallons of sugary drinks every year. This is enough to fill a bathtub, and it doesn't even include added sugars from...

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