In case you were thinking government overreach was limited to the US, rest assured that is not the case.  To the contrary, within the past month, both the United Kingdom and Canada have announced plans to apply an additional tax on sugary drinks.  In England, the U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne introduced a tax on all beverages with total sugar content above 5 grams per 100 milliliters and an even higher tax for more than 8 grams per 100 milliliters.  The new tax takes effect in April 2018.  North of our border, the Canadian Senate has issued a report entitled “Obesity in Canada” which calls for a new tax on sugary beverages.  In both instances, the reasoning behind the tax is the projected increased obesity rates of the citizens.  In the end, both governments accept that their citizens are getting more obese – so long as they get their piece of the (low-fat?) pie.