We examined the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a junk food tax as an intervention to counter increasing obesity
in North America. Small excise taxes are likely to yield substantial revenue but are unlikely to affect obesity rates. High excise taxes are likely to have a direct impact on weight in at-risk populations but are less likely to be politically palatable or sustainable. Ultimately, the effectiveness of earmarked health programs and subsidies is likely to be a key determinant of tax success in the fightagainst obesity. (Am J Public
Health. 2013;103:1949–1953.

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