Soda Taxes Touted By American Academy of Pediatrics

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley noted that the article emphasizes taxes as the “number one recommended policy” to help reduce kids’ sugar intake.

“So Philadelphians should be proud that we’re on the forefront of a movement to invest in our children’s education, which can also improve children’s health by lowering their sugary drink consumption,” Farley said in a statement.

By Laura McChrystal

Soda Consumption by Philadelphia Youth

The Philadelphia Health Department says soda consumption among teens has been dropping dramatically.

In Tuesday’s report, the city says between 2015 and 2017 the proportion of teens drinking soda weekly in Philadelphia dropped by 10 percent, as compared to just two percent nationally.

There was an 18 percent drop in Philadelphia teens drinking soda daily and a 30 percent drop in teens who drank three or more a day.