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

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Jun 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-28 14:41:57-04

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.