Sugar tax needed, say US experts

By | February 3, 2012

Sugar is as damaging and addictive as alcohol or tobacco and should be regulated, claim US health experts.

According to a University of California team, new policies such as taxes are needed to control soaring consumption of sugar and sweeteners.

Prof Robert Lustig argues in the journal Nature for major shifts in public policy.

Industry body the Food and Drink Federation said “demonising” food was unhelpful.

Several countries are imposing taxes on unhealthy food; Denmark and Hungary have a tax on saturated fat, while France has approved a tax on soft drinks.

Now, researchers in the US are proposing similar policies for added sugar and sweeteners, amid concern about the amount of sugar in the diet.

The consumption of sugar has tripled worldwide over the past 50 years, with links to obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

In a comment in the journal Nature, Prof Lustig, a leading child obesity expert, says governments need to consider major shifts in policy, such as taxes, limiting sales of sweet food and drinks during school hours, or even stopping children from buying them below a certain age.

The professor of paediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, told the BBC: “It [sugar] meets all the criteria for societal intervention that alcohol and tobacco meet.”

The researchers acknowledge that they face “an uphill political battle against a powerful sugar lobby”.

But they write in Nature, that “with enough clamour for change, tectonic shifts in policy become possible”.

“Take, for instance bans on smoking in public places and the use of designated drivers, not to mention airbags in cars and condom dispensers in public bathrooms.

“These simple measures – which have all been on the battleground of American politics – are now taken for granted as essential tools for our public health and well-being. It’s time to turn our attention to sugar.” …

via BBC News – Sugar tax needed, say US experts.

Yes! Do it!  Try this experiment: Dream yourself in a new improved world. Just start with that thought as you are falling asleep, “Here we are in the much better world! And what’s this I see over here? …”

Look there, lots of healthy people with more energy who can think clearly … leading to fixing our political system, our foreign policy and the economy. And it all started with a simple idea: Tax the sugar.

Worth a try.

2 thoughts on “Sugar tax needed, say US experts

  1. kevin

    Who the hell uses sugar anymore? Everything is made with high fructose corn syrup or “corn sugar” as they’re lobbying to change it to. Let’s attack the artificial chemicals they call “sweeteners” because they are seeing more and more the connection between brain damage and obesity with them. But nah, let’s tax something that is highly tariffed from other countries to protect the American sugar industry first :
    http://www.fff.org/freedom/0498d.asp

    I’m assuming this tax will only apply to foreign sugar and not domestic. More corporate warfare in the guise of benefiting the beleaguered masses too ignorant to take care of themselves.

  2. PAUL

    Xeno

    Denmark introduced a sugar and fat tax last year,Hungaryintroduced the same period a fat tax are also called fried-tax

    So don’t tell me that the US is showing the way ???

    thanx
    paul

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