Fizzy logic: Paterson's pop proposal meant to slim down New York, but will it work?

Maine's tax was overturned by voter referendum in the November election.

Other states, like Arkansas, Virginia and Washington, have either levied soda taxes or are considering them. In some states the law extends to diet soda as well as their calorie-packed counterparts. The proceeds are often used to fight litter rather than health problems.

And according to some, the hundreds of empty calories found in regular soda versus zero-calorie diet drinks don't make much of a difference when it comes to obesity.

A 2005 study from the San Antonio Heart Study, located at the University of Texas Health Science Center, indicated that those who drink diet soda are actually more likely to become overweight or obese than those who stick with regular " a reason was not readily apparent, however.

A 2007 University of Alberta in Canada study on rats found that young rats that used diet foods tended to overeat at regular-calorie meals. Researchers speculated that the rats failed to associate certain foods with caloric content, making them eat more to feel full. The results were not duplicated in older animals, however.

To plot the effect of the obesity tax will take time.

"We'll have to wait several years to see the outcome," said Anderson. "I do think if we're going to work on obesity prevention, we're going to have to think about public policy and big changes. Individual treatment isn't going to cut it, with two-thirds of Americans at least overweight. We'll have to have the political and social will to see it through."

Of course, if the obesity tax does go into effect, one way New Yorkers can avoid it is by changing their drinking habits. As Daines argued on You Tube, switching to non-taxed milk or juice would save the average American family $100 per year.

"Our health will be better, our health care will cost less and every family will have more to spend on whatever they want," he argued.""

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