A tax on soft drinks in Ireland could have a small but important impact on obesity.

In 2011 the Minister for Health called for a 10% tax on soft drinks in Ireland to help combat childhood obesity. Currently this proposal is undergoing a Health Impact Assessment (PDF, 9.2MB). As part of this assessment the UK and ROI researchers involved set out to model the impact of this tax on obesity.

They report that the 10% tax is predicted to reduce the proportion of the obese adult population by 1.3%. This would mean that 9,900 less individuals would be classified as obese (BMI ≥ 30kg/m2).

The proportion of overweight and obese individuals (BMI ≥ 25kg/m2) is predicted to decrease by 0.7%, or 14,380 individuals. The greatest effect is seen in younger adults (18-24 years old) who are the highest consumers of soft drinks.

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Posted: 03/10/2013 15:11:10 by Laura Keaver


 

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