Taxing Sodas Would Not Lead To Significant Weight Loss

Published:December 15th, 2010

A new research suggested that taxing sodas and sweetened drinks would not result in significant weight loss, according to the researchers from Duke-National University of Singapore. The impact of taxes between 20% and 40% on sales of carbonated, non-carbonated beverages, sports and fruit drinks would be minimal and will probably cause consumers to switch to other types of drinks with the result that only 12.5 calories out of an average diet will be registered with the possible result of 1.3 pound weight loss per year.

Such taxes were proposed as a means of preventing obesity but such remedies would probably have only modest weight loss results. A possible enhancement could be a combination with other measures. These taxes are part of a growing movement that is aimed at treating unhealthy foods as vices, just like tobacco or liquor.

The new study, reported on December 13 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that we could not expect a significant impact of high soda taxes on weight of consumers, both in the highest and lowest income groups.

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