As if legislators in money-strapped states needed more excuses to tax junk food in hopes of curing money woes, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests taxation could work to curb obesity and diabetes. From Yahoo! News:

"While such policies will not solve the obesity epidemic in its entirety and may face considerable opposition from food manufacturers and sellers, they could prove an important strategy to address overconsumption, help reduce energy intake and potentially aid in weight loss and reduced rates of diabetes among U.S. adults," wrote the team led by Kiyah Duffey of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I know the subject comes up frequently on Blogtown, but it seems lawmaker’s attempts to introduce junk food tax legislation have been coming fast and furious in the last few months. Has your opinion on the issue changed in light of recent economic turmoil? It’s time for the quarterly Blogtown Fast Food Tax Smackdown—in the comments, below.