Obesity: WHO calls for taxation of sugary drinks
As part of global efforts to curb soaring obesity rate, especially in children, the World Health Organisation, (WHO), has urged all countries to consider introducing a sugary drinks tax.
This is contained in a report titled “Fiscal policies for Diet and Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)”.
The WHO’s advice came as more and more countries are considering fiscal measures to dissuade people from buying the large quantities of colas, lemonades and other sugary soft drinks that have been identified as a major cause of the global overweight and obesity crisis.
The WHO stated that a tax has most impact on the young, those on low incomes and others who consume a lot of sugary drinks and would have the greatest positive effect on the health of those groups.
Reduced consumption of sugary drinks means lower intake of “free sugars” and calories overall, improved nutrition and fewer people suffering from overweight, obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.
The number of people living with diabetes has also been rising, from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. The disease was directly responsible for 1.5 million deaths in 2012 alone.