Harvard: Sugary drink tax would cut disease rates, health care costs in Boulder

Posted on October 27, 2016 | Boulder Daily Camera by Alex Burness

The tax on sugary drinks on Boulder's ballot would prevent about 1,000 obesity cases and cut an estimated $6.4 million in health care spending over 10 years, Harvard University researchers say.

Using census data for Boulder County, Harvard's CHOICES ( Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study) project localized a model first used in Philadelphia and also used to examine projected impacts of sugary drink taxes in other areas, including the three California cities that will join Boulder in voting on such taxes this November.

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