Obama May Support Tax on Soft Drinks

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President Barack Obama says he might support a tax on soft drinks and other sugar-filled products.

The president tells Men's Health magazine that a proposed "sin tax" would help lower America's high rates of obesity.

"I actually think it's an idea that we should be exploring," Obama said in an interview with Men's Health magazine that goes on sale next week. "There's no doubt that our kids drink way too much soda."

He acknowledges that people don't like "big brother" telling them what to eat or drink and that it might be tough to get such a tax through Congress.

However, the president says reducing sugar-sweetened soda might hold down health care costs.

"Every study that's been done about obesity shows that there is a high correlation between soda consumption and obesity," Obama said in the magazine interview. "Obviously it's not the only factor, but it is a major factor."

Original Broadcast Date: September 9, 2009.

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