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Sugar tax could stop 3.7 million UK people becoming obese, claims report

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1064 (Published 19 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1064
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

A 20% tax on sugary drinks could reduce obesity by 5% over the next decade in the United Kingdom, claims a new report from Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum.1

The report says that if current trends were to continue, the prevalence of obesity in the UK could rise from 29% of the population in 2015 to 34% in 2025. It models the effect of a 20% excise tax on beverages sweetened with sugar and estimates that a tax could …

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