Taxes to lose weight: the rate for sugary snacks would be even more effective than that of soft drinks

That is why, more and more, the effect of public policies in reducing these obesity rates is being investigated. 

Among them, some of the most studied, and that has already begun to be launched in some places, such as Catalonia or the United Kingdom, are taxes on sugary drinks. So far, these added taxes seem to be able to help reduce the consumption of these types of drinks and the impact they would have on obesity rates. 

Now, new research has put the focus on putting this same type of tax on sugary and sweet snacks, as well as sugary drinks. In this study, the researchers analyze the effect that taxes similar to those of sugary drinks would have on foods such as these snacks (cookies, candies, sweets, etc.) when reducing obesity rates. 

For them, these researchers analyzed the impact of increasing the price of these foods by 20%. To do this, they took information from 36,324 households and other 2,544 adults. Both changes in body weight and the prevalence of obesity over a year were estimated, correcting for income. 

What they found was that, for all types of income, the fact of applying a tax of 20% to these snacks , could mean reducing the average annual caloric intake by 8,900 calories, which would help reduce 1.3kg  throughout One year This reduction would be significantly greater to the effect that the same tax on sugary drinks would have, with which the annual reduction would be 203 grams on average. 

At the moment, it is an initial approach to the study of the effect of taxes on other sugary foods, beyond sugary drinks and soft drinks. However, given the results found in this research, it seems an interesting way that could open up to new, perhaps more effective, public policies. 

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