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Increased taxation of soft drinks have little reflection on weight loss

Although pesqueno, the researchers point out that any reduction is representative to decrease obesity rates

 
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According to new research from Duke University - National School of Graduate Medical Singapore (NUS), an increased taxation of soft drinks and other sugary drinks could only reduce the minimum weight of most people and would have no effect on the weight of consumer groups with higher incomes and lower.

The study, conducted by Eric Finkelstein, associate professor of health services at Duke-NUS, looked at the differential impact on calories and weight with the tax of 20 and 40% tax on soft drinks and other sweetened beverages (SSB) between different income groups.

Published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine, the research comes at a time when policy makers are considering health taxes on sugary drinks as an alternative for improving health and raising funds to offset budget deficits.

Some studies show that excessive consumption of sweetened beverages leads to weight gain and contributes to the obesity epidemic in America.

The team analyzed the purchase of soft drinks and non-carbonated, including sodas and energy drinks, fruit juices and milk and skim milk, and used statistical techniques to quantify the evolution of prices in shopping habits.

Unlike previous studies, the study calculated the weight losses resulting from the reduction in purchases of soda, as a result of the gains tax, and weight loss due to switching to other beverages. "If consumers switch from regular soda to diet or water there is no compensation," said Finkelstein. If I switch to other high calorie drinks, the effects of the tax would be diluted. "

It is estimated that 20% increase in taxes nso generate about $ 1.5 billion per year in tax revenue. Already 40% of the tax would generate $ 2.5 blhões per year.

However, research shows that increased taxation is a relatively small effect on total calories and weight reduction among the consumers. The tax is 20% greater reduction represents an average of 6.9 calories.

"Though small, given the trend of rising obesity rates, especially among young people, any strategy that shows even modest weight loss should be considered," Finkelstein concludes.

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