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Poll: Would a tax on calories help America lose weight?

Posted at 2:31 PM, Jun 28, 2013

New research from the National Bureau of Economic Research says raising the prices on caloric foods by 10 percent may lower the percentage of body fat in youths by 8 or 9 percent.

The research focuses on youths and says that low prices affect obesity and that raising fast-food prices would help curb the problem.

During the study, researchers looked at measures of body fat from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the prices of 21 grocery items, as well as the prices for three different fast-food items.

Males, females, whites and non-whites all reacted differently to the increased prices.

Males tended to react better to raising the price of fast-food meals while a rise in fruit and vegetable prices garnered more of a reaction in females.