Obesity: raising price of sugary snacks may be more effective than soft drink tax


Source: https://www.bmj.com

Increasing the price of sugary snacks such as biscuits, cakes, and sweets could be more effective at cutting obesity levels than increasing the price of sugar sweetened drinks, says a study published in The BMJ.1

The modelling study estimated the potential effect on body mass index (BMI) and the prevalence of obesity from a 20% price increase for high sugar snacks. It found that the effect on prevalence (2.7 percentage points) was double the level from a similar price increase on sugar sweetened drinks (1.3 percentage points).