Groups call on lawmakers to push sugary drink tax

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There's a new push to tax sugary drinks as part of an effort to prevent childhood obesity.

On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association called on federal, state and local lawmakers to implement new policies to stop kids from drinking so much soda, sports drinks and juice.

The physicians groups say they're diagnosing Type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease and high cholesterol in young patients.

The groups are also calling for better nutritional labeling, changes to children's menus and limits on marketing to kids and teens.

The American Beverage Association says sugary drinks are not primarily responsible for obesity rates.

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