Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
Goal: 30,000 Progress: 2,365
Sponsored by: The Diabetes Site

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults are obese in the U.S. alone [1]. Further, obesity-related heart disease and diabetes are among the leading health problems Americans face today. While there are several factors that contribute to obesity and obesity-related illness, there is a growing body of evidence that reveals sugary beverages are a major contributor to the global obesity epidemic.

Many beverages with added sugar contain more sugar in each bottle than the American Heart Association's (AHA) daily recommended limit. A 2009 report from the AHA revealed that soft drinks and sugar sweetened beverages are the largest contributors of added sugars in Americans' diets [2]. That same year, the cost of treating obesity-related medical issues was estimated to be almost $147 billion [3].

This problem is affecting our nation's children, as well. Analyses of middle school children depicted a 60% increase in obesity risk for every additional serving of sugary beverages consumed each day [4].

This needs to stop.

Adding a national tax to beverages that contain added sugars could have multiple benefits. The intuitive result of a per-ounce taxation on sugary drinks (including those with artificial sweeteners) would be a reduction in consumption. Further, the added tax revenue could be funneled into health programs aimed at obesity prevention, health education for children, and combating obesity-related illnesses.

Urge lawmakers to implement a national tax on sugary beverages. Sign now!

Sign Here






To The Joint Committee on Taxation,

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults are obese in the U.S. alone. Further, obesity-related heart disease and diabetes are among the leading health problems Americans face today. While there are several factors that contribute to obesity and obesity-related illness, there is a growing body of evidence that reveals sugary beverages are a major contributor to the global obesity epidemic.

Many beverages with added sugar contain more sugar in each bottle than the American Heart Association's (AHA) daily recommended limit. A 2009 report from the AHA revealed that soft drinks and sugar sweetened beverages are the largest contributors of added sugars in Americans' diets. That same year, the cost of treating obesity-related medical issues was estimated to be almost $147 billion.

This problem is affecting our nation's children, as well. Analyses of middle school children depicted a 60% increase in obesity risk for every additional serving of sugary beverages consumed each day.

This needs to stop.

If you levied a national tax on beverages that contain added sugars, it could have multiple benefits. The intuitive result of a per-ounce taxation on sugary drinks (including those with artificial sweeteners) would be a reduction in consumption. Further, the added tax revenue could be funneled into health programs aimed at obesity prevention, health education for children, and combating obesity-related illnesses.

I'm writing to urge you to implement a national tax on sugary beverages.

Petition Signatures


Jul 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2018 (Name not displayed) Yes I Admit To Eating And Drinking A Ton Of Sugar Even Though I Know I Am A Type 2 Diabetic Since 2006 Yet Will Taxing Beverages Really Stop This From Happening? Wonder.
Jun 22, 2018 Arete Caldwell
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 2, 2018 Valerie Reilly
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 11, 2018 Sara Schmidt
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Mar 30, 2018 Barbara Tomlinson
Mar 29, 2018 Victoria Resurreccion
Mar 15, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Mar 7, 2018 Joyce Haskins
Mar 7, 2018 Al Moorhouse
Mar 7, 2018 Joan Borstell
Mar 7, 2018 robert dowling
Mar 7, 2018 Margarita Politte
Mar 7, 2018 Dawn Bowers
Mar 7, 2018 tony pallini
Mar 7, 2018 Andy Murphy
Mar 7, 2018 Art Denney And spoons are responsible for obesity, cars are responsible for drunk driving wrecks, pencils are responsible for "mispelled" words, water is responsible for drownings, and electricity is responsible for electrocutions. Stop the nanny state madness.
Mar 6, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2018 Kenneth Davies
Feb 19, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Feb 19, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Feb 6, 2018 Jan Marek
Feb 4, 2018 Sandra Richards
Feb 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 28, 2018 Ms. Carla Compton, Activist/Advocate
Jan 28, 2018 Shirley Eichelberger
Jan 16, 2018 Linda Haines
Jan 14, 2018 Kevin Dahl
Jan 5, 2018 Beverly Folkes
Jan 3, 2018 Ellie Moyer
Dec 27, 2017 Veronica Rehné
Dec 18, 2017 katharine odell
Dec 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 30, 2017 Aggelina Ornstein
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Jim Sheridan
Nov 17, 2017 DIANE CORNWALL
Nov 14, 2017 Ossie Sharon
Nov 9, 2017 Maryanne Budetti
Oct 28, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 26, 2017 robbie thomas
Oct 26, 2017 Kay Shelton
Oct 23, 2017 Tim Grieb
Oct 14, 2017 Mel Tham
Oct 13, 2017 Jessie McGraw
Oct 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Ash Decker

back to top

Share this page and help fund research: