Bittersweet: A sugar tax isn’t the answer to Britain’s obesity woes

Obese populations place strain on national economies. According to government watchdog the National Obesity Observatory (NOO), in 2007 the projected indirect costs of obesity in Britain by 2015 were £27 billion. In 2014 consultancy group McKinsey and Company put the costs closer to £47 billion.

The link between sugar consumption and obesity is well documented. To help fight the nations bulging waistlines, a coalition of the British Medical Association (BMA), Public Health England (PHE), and Jamie Oliver advocate for a (not especially new) sugar tax on soft drinks, in its report Sugar Reduction: The Evidence for ActionBut will such a system work?

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