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Is The Sugar Tax Effective On Health-Related Issues?

‘Sugar Tax’, as the Soft Drinks Industry Levy has become known to the public, was announced in 2016 and came into effect in the UK in April 2018. It affects soft drinks producers directly and is aimed at encouraging them to reduce the amount of sugar in their products, possibly making customers chose healthier options.

 

Not everyone knows that in fact soft drinks are incredibly high in sugar. Some of the most popular drinks’ can has more than a child recommended daily allowance of sugar.

Sugar is a major cause of health problems such as: type 2 diabetes, obesity and related illnesses, tooth decay. These external costs are reflected in higher costs imposed on the National Health Service.

In fact, obesity costs the NHS approximately £5.1 billion per year and is projected to reach £9.7 billion by 2050, with wider costs to society estimated to reach £49.9 billion per year as today’s children and teenagers are consuming three times the recommended level of sugar (The Telegraph).

The problem seems to be much wider and involves real awareness around the topic. Most of people do not know what is the amount of sugar in certain foods and drinks and the harmful effects of sugar on their health.

Can we really believe that sugar tax, which anyway effects only drinks, is all we need?