Tax on Sugary Foods and Drinks Backed by World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) has added its support to countries which place a “sugar tax” on soft drinks.

A new report from the body found that raising prices by 20% or more results in lower consumption and “improved nutrition”.

The global health group has previously advised a lower sugar intake, but stopped short of backing tax measures.

Several countries, including Mexico and Hungary, already tax added sugar products.

South Africa is introducing a sugar tax next year. It’s the only country in Africa to do so.

The WHO said it wants to see lower consumption of “free sugars”, which it said will lower incidences of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.

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