UK Doctors call for 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks in battle against obesity crisis DOCTORS are calling on the Government to slap a massive 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks in a bid to drive down obesity rates among bulging Britons. While processed food remains cheap, prices for fresh fruit and vegetables have risen 30 per cent since The BMA wants sugar-sweetened soft drinks, energy drinks, fruit drink, sports drinks and fruit-juice concentrates, which are high in calories and offer no or little nutritional value, to be sunject to the levy. Many cans of the best-selling soft drinks contain an astonishing nine or more teaspoons of sugar.
Are Hong Kong youths getting fatter? Surge in obesity patients aged below 30 23 May Countries and territories in the region, including Hong Kong, are being urged to consider imposing a tax on all soft drinks to tackle the worsening scourge of obesity.
The World Health Organisation WHO made the call following a workshop in Manila, which suggested that sugar-sweetened beverages such as juices and soda were largely to blame for people putting on weight.
It said tax policies would be a comprehensive way to reduce sugar consumption and encourage healthier alternatives.
Surge in obesity patients aged below 30 But Hong Kong health authorities, which are not implementing such measures even though one in five people are overweight, declined to say whether they would adopt the suggestion, and the local food sector expressed doubts about the proposal.
It recommends the daily added sugar intake for adults should be less than 10 per cent of total energy intake. This translates into less than 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar. The intake should be cut further to 5 per cent for additional health benefits. One person in four in the region is said to be overweight.
Although the Hong Kong government has not implemented any sugar tax, it did set up a committee last year to study ways to reduce sugar and salt intake, with the aim of cutting it by up to 30 per cent over 10 years.
But the committee, chaired by Executive Councillor Bernard Chan, said earlier it was inclined to adopt a non-legislative or non-mandatory approach by encouraging voluntary participation in a reduction programme and self-discipline within the industry.
Anthony Lock Kwok-on of the Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades said the move would increase costs for manufacturers and restaurants, the burden of which may be passed to consumers. The WHO workshop was the first in a series of activities supporting regional countries and territories in developing sugar tax policies given that very few have implemented them.
An expert from Mexico told participants how the sugar beverage tax in that country had resulted in a reduction in sales of sugary drinks and an increase in the purchase of healthier, untaxed alternatives. The British government plans to introduce a levy on soft drinks inwith studies suggesting a 20 per cent tax could prevent 3.
Pure fruit juices, milk-based drinks and products made by small producers will be exempted from the scheme. We think you'd also like Thank youYou are on the list. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post print edition as:Dec 14, · Should Governments Tax Unhealthy Foods And Drinks?
(Updated) Should We Tax Unhealthy Foods and Drinks? If governments tax only sugary soda, for example, some people will switch to juice. Kelly Brownell says a tax is an effective way to cut obesity and the harm it causes.
William Shughart II says the health benefits are far less than claimed. Should Government Tax Sugary Drinks? Over the past few years, overweight and obesity have been the most troublesome problem in the united states and more than one-third of U.
S. adults (around 7%) are obese according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which could lead to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some type of [ ].
A tax on sugary drinks like sodas, fruit juices and energy drinks — a hotly debated idea in the U.S. — may be leading consumers in Mexico to buy fewer such beverages. In , Mexican. The UK tax, set to be introduced in , will be applied to drinks with more than five grams (just over a teaspoon) of sugar per mls, however milkshakes and pure fruit juices will be exempt.
It will tax corporations, but the costs are expected to be passed on to consumers. Celebrity chef Jamie. Political parties have been grilled on the issue of a sugary drinks tax, at a panel debate the Government was conspicuously absent from.
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