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Taxing Sugar Drinks – A Tool for Obesity Prevention, Cost Savings and Health Improvement

This US-based policy report reviews the scientific evidence linking consumption of sugar drinks to obesity. It then evaluates the use of pricing policies as a tool to reduce consumption of these beverages and improve weight, while discussing potential drawbacks and likely industry opposition to these policies.

Finally, this analysis summarizes some of the most recent national and state initiatives and considers future developments in the implementation of pricing policies to reduce the consumption of sugar drinks and improve weight in the United States.

Resource Information

Date

May 5, 2011

Author

Mary Winston Marrow, Public Health Law Center

Type

Report

Setting

Cafeteria/Canteen, Community-at-large, Food Bank, Grocery/Retail, Home, Long-term Care, Mobile Vending, Primary Care, Recreation Centre, Restaurant/Food Service Premise, School, Workplace

Age

Prenatal, Infant, Toddler (1-3), Children (4-11), Youth (12-17), Adults (18-64), Older Adults (65 and over)

Topic

Health Equity, Healthy Weight | Obesity, Nutrients, Sugar-Sweetened Beverages or Energy Drinks

Language

English

Jurisdiction

Local/Municipal/Regional, Provincial, National, International

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