ICAAP Physician Tackles the Burden of Sugar Sweetened Beverages

Posted on: December 6, 2011

A report has been released that examines the projected impact of a state tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. “Estimating the Potential Impact of Sugar-Sweetened and Other Beverage Excise Taxes in Illinois” outlines four tax increase scenarios using national and state data on beverage consumption and health outcomes. The report was issued in conjunction with a call to create an obesity prevention and public health fund for the state of Illinois. “These drinks contain extra sugar and calories that adolescents simply don’t need and could contribute to obesity and tooth decay,” noted Holly J. Benjamin, MD, FAAP, Co-Chair of the ICAAP Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness.

The report was commissioned by the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago and was released in partnership with the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) and can be downloaded in full here. IAPO’s press release is available here. A Rudd Center Report on sugary drinks is available at www.sugarydrinkfacts.org.

ICAAP is seeking members throughout the state to serve as spokespersons on obesity related issues. If you’re interested, please contact Mary Elsner, Director of Obesity Prevention Initiatives at melsner@illinoisaap.com, or 312/733-1026 ext. 220 or Julie Shaffner, Manager of Obesity Prevention Initiatives at jshaffner@illinoisaap.com or 312/733-1026 ext. 214.