Sugary drinks tax and health

A tax on sugary beverages has been proposed in Ireland and the United Kingdom from 2018. A study published in the Lancet Public Health journal examined the effects of the industry response to the levy on obesity, type-2 diabetes and dental caries. Researchers modelled three ways the industry may respond to the proposed tax on sugary drinks: reducing sugar in drinks by reformulation; raising the price of drinks; and activities to change the market share of high-sugar, mid-sugar and low-sugar drinks.

Researchers found that the proposed tax on sugary drinks has the potential to have positive effects on health. The study suggests that reformulation of sugary drinks to contain less sugar will result in the greatest benefits, the other two models will have positive effects but to a lesser extent. Children are the most likely to benefit from the levy.

Reformulation of sugary drinks (30% reduction in the sugar content of high-sugar drinks and 15% reduction in the sugar content of mid-sugar drinks) has the potential to cause a reduction of over 144,000 individuals with obesity, 19,000 fewer cases of type-2 diabetes and reduction in the annual incidence of decayed, missing and filled teeth by over 269,000.

To conclude the health impact of a tax on sugary drinks is dependent on how industry responds to the tax.

 

Posted: 21/12/2016 10:46:17 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Dental health, Diabetes, Drinks, Obesity, Sugar


 

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