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Tax Soda, Pizza To Cut Obesity, Researchers Say

First Posted: 05/08/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 11/17/11 09:02 AM ET

Tax Soda Pizza

U.S. researchers estimate that an 18 percent tax on pizza and soda can push down U.S. adults' calorie intake enough to lower their average weight by 5 pounds (2 kg) per year.

The researchers, writing in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine on Monday, suggested taxing could be used as a weapon in the fight against obesity, which costs the United States an estimated $147 billion a year in health costs.

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