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.
May 5, 2011
Mary Winston Marrow, Public Health Law Center
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
Prenatal, Infant, Toddler (1-3), Children (4-11), Youth (12-17), Adults (18-64), Older Adults (65 and over)
Health Equity, Healthy Weight | Obesity, Nutrients, Sugar-Sweetened Beverages or Energy Drinks
Local/Municipal/Regional, Provincial, National, International