UK sugar tax not having positive health effects, argues UK journalist

In her latest piece in the Spectator, Kate Andrews argues the UK taxes on soft drinks have not had positive effect on health.

She underlines that “we’ve seen an overall decrease in consumption [of soft drinks], yet an increase in obesity” and that latest consumer trends show “a small uptick in sugar consumption in certain product categories: “a 0.5 per cent increase in sugar purchased per person” with people showing a sweet-tooth preference for ice cream and chocolate in particular”.

She concludes that “the sugar tax has not remotely tackled the issue of obesity it set out to address”.

The full piece is available here:


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