Sugary Drinks

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Can a soda tax discourage ‘go large’?

By Rachel Arthur

Discouraging the sale of ‘jumbo sized’ sugary drinks would have both economic and health benefits, according to a UK study led by the University of East Anglia. Policy interventions – such as soda taxes and portion cap rules – must be carefully designed...

WHO report backs a tax on sugary drinks to halt child obesity

WHO report backs a tax on sugary drinks to halt child obesity

By Niamh Michail

A report commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) backs a tax on sugary drinks, mandatory nutrient labelling and restrictions on marketing to children in a bid to tackle the child obesity epidemic around the world.

“We think there could be bigger impacts from getting a handle on promotions and (...) the deep, consistent advertising our children are exposed to on unhealthy foods,” Tedstone said.

Public Health England tells UK government: Sugar taxes do work

By Niamh Michail

All the evidence shows that sugar taxes decrease purchases and curb obesity– but restricting price promotions and junkfood advertising could have an even bigger impact, concludes Public Health England's report to the UK government.

GULP campaign targets soft drink makers

New campaign targets soft drink makers over health issues

By Joyeeta Basu

A new campaign launched in the North West of England has targeted sugary drinks manufacturers claiming that their inability to inform the public about health harms is causing negative health impacts on children and young adults.

Soft drinks are a significant source of sugar, according to National Diet and Nutrition Survey data

Sugary drinks tax slammed by nutritionist

By Rod Addy

Renewed calls to attack health problems by taxing sugary drinks have been slammed by a leading nutritionist, who claims cutting portion sizes and sugar content and tackling irresponsible retail promotions would be better.

Campaigners have suggested that a 20p per litre tax on sugary drinks will improve health and save money - but are such ideas realistic?

UK campaigners suggest London soda tax

By Nathan Gray

A suggested 20 pence per litre tax on sugary drinks in London would benefit health and save up to £39 million in healthcare, say campaigners. 

SACN recommendations on sugar have sparked a torrent of responses

SACN REPORT: REACTION

Carbohydrate report: reaction in quotes

By Rod Addy

Public Health England will investigate taxing sugary drinks according to the paper it issued alongside the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN’s) draft report published today (June 26).

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