With childhood obesity on the rise in America, people are coming up with inventive ways to try to combat the problem. Some environmental groups like the Sierra Club are backing the New Mexican “Leave No Child Inside” initiative. According to the Sierra Club,
The Leave No Child Inside Act proposes a 1% excise tax ("sin tax") on the purchase of new televisions, video games, and equipment. Proceeds, estimated at $4 million a year, will go into a fund to be spent on outdoor education. This fund will be administered by the NM Public Education Department. The goal is to fight obesity and poor school performance which may result from excessive TV, movie, and video game exposure.
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The Sierra Club also says that there are medical studies that link the proposed "sin tax" products to obesity and poor school performance.
Do you think it could help reduce obesity and improve educational performance?