My solution:Tax sugar just like cigarettes and alcohol.
Lets say 2 cents a gram tax. A 12 oz Coke is about 40 grams of sugar/HFCS so the tax would be $.80. A 20 oz with 65 grams would tax at $1.30. Want a liter big gulp at 110 grams of sugar, add $2.20 tax. That would slow people down. And I wouldn't limit it to soda. Everything that had refined sugar/HFCS/Fructose/Lactose/etc, would have the same tax. So juice, sugar in sauces, baked goods, candy, all the hidden sugars in our food, tax it all.
First, this would get consumers attention. Second, it would get the food industries attention too, they would find ways to get the sugar out just so their food brand would not be be taxed.
Earmark the taxes collected to nutritional education and medical research or some other heath related cause. Heck, I bet that there would be enough money raised to supply the whole county with free health insurance.
I know I am being a little absurd. But I have worked supporting anti-smoking
for 30 years and higher taxes work to lower smoking rates. So maybe it is time to get peoples attention in a different way. We are going to need some way to deal with the diabetes tsunami that is on the horizon.Getting off my soapbox now.