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Taxing the dose of calories in sugary drinks could help reduce obesity

A tax on sugary drinks that depends on the number of calories or amount of sugar per liter could help fight obesity, suggests new research published in Social Science & Medicine. While a few countries are already trialing a tax on sugary drinks, taxing the dose would encourage drinks companies to offer low-calorie alternatives. Worldwide, [...]

Fighting obesity one sugary drink at a time

Societies can effectively and fairly reduce obesity by regulating and discouraging the consumption of sugary drinks, argues a piece in PLOS Medicine, and yet they have so far failed to do so. David Studdert and colleagues at Stanford lay out lessons learned from a decade of attempts, and how future efforts can do better. Sugar [...]

New sugar drinks policy launched by experts at the British Dietetic Association

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has produced a new policy on sugary drinks entitled Interventions Which Reduce the Consumption of Energy from Sugary Drinks in Children. The British Dietetic Association, founded in 1936, is the professional association for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition [...]

Sugary drinks duty will save countless teeth, charity says

A 20p per litre duty on sugary drinks would help to eradicate tooth decay and save the NHS millions of pounds in wasted resources. The Children’s Food Campaign has published figures showing that the introduction of a 20 pence per litre duty on sugary drinks would benefit Londoners’ health, as well as save the NHS [...]

Implementation Of Fizzy Drinks Tax Is ‘Essential’, Claims Charity

The British Dental Health Foundation has joined more than 60 organisations backing recommendations for a tax on sugary drinks. The report, compiled by Sustain entitled ‘A Children’s Future Fund – How food duties could provide the money to protect children’s health and the world they grow up in’, makes three main recommendations for Budget 2013 [...]