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Letters Tax on soft drinks to reduce obesity

Lowering the price of “good” foods would be better than taxing “bad” foods in reducing obesity

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 27 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7038
  1. Jack T Winkler, former professor of nutrition policy1
  1. 1London Metropolitan University, London N1 7AB, UK
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It is a positive development that public health specialists now research price policies on obesity.1 This is the sixth UK proposal for taxes on “bad” foods in 18 months. It is the most ambitious, estimating effects on health as well as consumption.

However, none of the other five proposals hasbeen seriously considered by policy makers. This suggestion, for a 20% tax …

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