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Tax Soda To Fight Obesity, WHO Urges Nations Around The Globe

The World Health Organization has already urged us to cut back on sugar, limiting added sugars to no more than 10 percent of our daily calories. So, how might policymakers get people to follow this advice? In a new report, the WHO is urging governments around the world to tax soda and other sugary drinks.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Although sales of soda in Mexico have gone down, there is no indication that obesity and diabetes are affected.  This is because sugar makes a terrific dietary villain, but the American intake of sugar has decreased by 14% since 1999 without any sugar taxes and there has been no decrease in obesity or diabetes.  In fact, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that obesity has increased 8% in the last two years.  I believe the biggest problem remains that people are simply not eating enough vegetables.

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