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Study highlights importance of reducing soft drink consumption

Narrator:    This is Science Today. There's still talk on a state level about possibly taxing sugary soft drinks after national efforts to do so did not happen. Epidemiologist Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo of the University of California, San Francisco, says proponents of this tax view it as a way to fight obesity levels.

Bibbins-Domingo:    The idea here is to put some tax on these beverages to influence the rate at which they're consumed. That you might think twice before you take that second drink if it becomes incrementally more expensive or that some of the costs related to this tax could actually be used in healthcare settings.

Narrator:    Bibbins-Domingo recently led a study that found that excess consumption of sugary drinks is a big contributor to new cases of diabetes in this country.

Bibbins-Domingo:     I think that the results of our modeling exercise do suggest that if we could change these patterns of consumption, that we would actually have a measureable health impact, that we would actually measurably reduce rates of diabetes through some of these interventions.

Narrator:    For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.