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Soda Tax Would Have Little Impact on Weight Loss, Study Finds

A tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in the U.S. would generate billions of dollars in federal revenue and have little impact on weight loss, a study found.

Imposing a 40 percent tax on soda and non-carbonated drinks would raise $2.5 billion a year and translate to an average annual weight loss of 1.3 pounds per person, researchers wrote in the Archives of Internal Medicine yesterday. The impact would be greatest among middle-income earners and make less difference to the richest and poorest, the study found.