Banning the promotion of soft drinks could be more effective than a sugar tax

Wisdom Dogbe, Cesar Luis Revoredo-Giha

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Abstract

Obesity is one of the most serious health problems facing the UK, where around 65% of adults are either obese or overweight. This has implications. In 2006/2007, obesity cost the NHS £5.1 billion. That means we are likely to pay more taxes in the future to keep the NHS functioning unless something is done. Obesity also predisposes people to a risk of several serious health issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, certain cancers, depression and anxiety.

The consumption of high sugar products such as soft drinks are a major cause of obesity and diabetes. In April 2018, the UK government introduced a soft drinks levy on sugar-sweetened beverages in an effort to reduce the amount of sugar people consumed and control the situation.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2022

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