|El Monte Becomes the Second City in California to Put a Soda Tax on the November Ballot
July 25, 2012
July 25, 2012, El Monte, Calif…The City of El Monte’s City Council unanimously voted to put a soda tax measure on the November ballot at their meeting last night.
Overweight and obesity affect more than half (50.2 percent) of the children in the city of El Monte.
Dr. Harold Goldstein, executive director of CCPHA says that the rate is shocking and significantly higher than the overall state rate of childhood obesity of 38 percent. As a consequence California is seeing a dramatic rise in chronic diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, which cost the state an estimated $41 billion a year.
"If we are serious about curbing childhood obesity, we have to start with the biggest culprit. Soda and other sugary drinks are the leading contributor to the obesity epidemic. A tax on soda is a smart strategy to raise needed funds for cash-strapped cities such as El Monte and, at the same time, protect children’s health," says Goldstein.
Visit the CCPHA website at: publichealthadvocacy.org.