It takes bold policy to change behavior that leads to obesity

LAST SUNDAY’S editorial “Sugary treats: The tax man cometh’’ supports a proposed 6.25 percent state sales tax on soda and candy, since it would raise revenues at a time when we need it as well as “help persuade kids to eat less’’ of these sugary foods. The Legislature needs to follow the governor’s lead and pass the tax immediately, as have most other states.

Regardless of the additional income it would provide for the state, however, an increased tax on soda and candy is an example of the bold policy initiatives needed to reduce childhood obesity. Improving children’s health depends not just on visits to pediatricians and a good health system, but on a set of policy changes that have been shown to lead to changes in behavior.


Deborah Klein Walker


Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com