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RNZ – Nine To Noon: Sugar tax reduces consumption by 10%

10/07/2019

Kathryn Ryan talks with Dr Andrea Teng of Otago University

This is interesting even though I am not convinced, entirely, by the argument. There are conflicting analyses, plus in my view the tax should apply to drinks such as orange juice which are high in sugar

A newly released review from Otago University shows there’s a direct correlation between the amount of tax imposed and a drop in the consumption of sugary drinks: finding for instance a 10% tax has reduced the purchase and consumption of sugary drinks by 10%.

The study looks at the effects of imposing a sugar tax in four American cities, the Catalonia region of Spain, and country-wide in Chile, France and Mexico. Kathryn Ryan speaks with lead author Dr Andrea Teng, a public health physician and senior researcher at the University of Otago. The review has just been published in international scientific journal, Obesity Reviews.

Overall an interesting segment and well worth a listen

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