Following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) report released on World Obesity Day stating that rising consumption of sodas, sports drinks and juices has doubled obesity rates the past 35 years – the U.N. now pushes for global soda taxes. The WHO urged countries last week to impose a tax on sugary drinks to tackle growing obesity.
The U.N. agency means there is strong evidence that taxes can be an important tool in the fight against consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, The Washington Times writes in an article. This goes against what private critics and the beverage industry say.
Dr. Douglas Bettcher, director of the WHO’s Department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, says that “consumption of free sugars, including products like sugary drinks, is a major factor in the global increase of people suffering from obesity and diabetes.”
Read the full article in NPRFood here.