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It would be feasible from both legal and administrative perspectives to impose federal taxes on so-called "junk foods," says a new study. Junk food taxes have been urged for years by various authorities, the ostensible reason being that they would make these foods more expensive and thus decrease their popularity — supposedly a means of fighting the obesity epidemic. And some cities, e.g. Boston and Philadelphia, have imposed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) as a first step.

However, Jennifer L. Pomeranz, J.D., M.P.H from New York University and colleagues write in the American Journal of Public Health that such local taxes won't have the broad impact that a federal tax would have, and thus they investigated how...