This article, conducted by Barry M. Popkin and Shu Wen Ng from the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Carolina Population Center explore taxes on sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) and best practices to reflect on lessons learned to implement in the future.
They argue there are at least 2 major health-related reasons to focus on SSB’s.
- Excess sugar consumption is a major cause of obesity and the increasing risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, liver and kidney damage, heart disease, and some cancers.
- High-caloric beverages offer little caloric compensation, so reducing their consumption lowers obesity risk.
Furthermore, the authors discuss the potential impacts SSB’s have on stunting as well as the links between our diets and planetary health leading to many environmental costs.
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