Democratic Senator Alex Padilla says he’ll hold a hearing in early November to hear from experts about the link between soda and obesity. Padilla’s announcement comes on the heels of a study by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy and UCLA that finds adults who drink a soda or more per day are nearly 30 percent more likely to be overweight. Padilla says it’s time to re-visit the idea of a tax on soda and other sugary beverages:
“When I look at the skyrocketing cost of health care and a significant percentage of the increasing costs being directly attributed to obesity and diabetes and hypertension, it makes a lot of sense to have this conversation.”
The study found that 62 percent of youth between the ages of 12 and 17 drink one or more sodas every day. In a statement, a spokeswoman from the American Beverage Association said overall, research shows that soft drinks do not uniquely contribute to obesity or any other chronic disease.