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Taxing sugar-sweetened beverages: benefits and costs

The serious and widespread health impacts of non-communicable diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are well-recognized in many parts of the world, affecting populations in developing as well as developed countries. To complement efforts to treat and mitigate individual diseases, behavior change involving food and drink consumption, physical activity and other aspects of our lives will need to play a key part in achieving reductions in the causal pathways leading to non-communicable diseases. In a Perspective article, Barry Popkin and Shu Wen Ng discuss potential benefits and possible limitations of the strategy of taxation to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, as implemented in different countries' disease prevention programs.

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Taxing sugar-sweetened beverages: benefits and costs

The serious and widespread health impacts of non-communicable diseases, including obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are well-recognized in many parts of the world, affecting populations in developing as well as developed countries. To complement efforts to treat and mitigate individual diseases, behavior change involving food and drink consumption, physical activity and other aspects of our lives will need to play a key part in achieving reductions in the causal pathways leading to non-communicable diseases. In a Perspective article, Barry Popkin and Shu Wen Ng discuss potential benefits and possible limitations of the strategy of taxation to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, as implemented in different countries' disease prevention programs.

Image Credit: Caff Williams, Flickr

https://doi.org/10.1371/image.pmed.v18.i01.g001