Taxing Soft Drinks Won’t Tackle Obesity

Public health issues, such as tackling obesity from a young age, are hugely important.

In the UK 38% of both men and women are expected to be obese by 2025.

However, there is no evidence worldwide that a soft drinks tax will have any impact on levels of obesity.

Similar taxes in other countries have shown to have no, or very little, effect.

In Mexico, for example, there was a slight drop in consumption which led to 6 fewer calories a day per person following the introduction of a tax in 2014, but the following year sales began to rise again.

It’s also worth pointing out that the proposal for a soft drinks tax in the UK was based on 2012 data and does not factor in the significant action taken by companies to reduce sugar consumption from their products over the last four years.

Now the Childhood Obesity Strategy has been delayed over the summer, we urge the new Chancellor to use this opportunity to take a fresh look at the evidence and more effective means of changing behaviour.

Obesity is not caused by a single ingredient or product

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