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The alliance of UK organizations should be supported . A 20% tax on sugar sweetened drinks is associated with a reduction of 180,000 obese adults and 285,000 overweight people in the United Kingdom . For example, taxes on sugar sweetened beverages have existd in the United States since at least 1920 .
1. Kmietowicz Z. New alliance of 19 health bodies adds voice to call for sugar tax. BMJ 2015;351:h6462.
2. Briggs AD, Mytton OT, Kehlbacher A, Tiffin R, Rayner M, Scarborough P. Overall and income specific effect on prevalence of overweight and obesity of 20% sugar sweetened drink tax in UK: econometric and comparative risk assessment modelling study. BMJ. 2013;347:f6189.
3. New York Times. City's soda cost millions monthly: tax on soft drinks in Manhattan and Bronx for February and March is $465,445. New York Times; May 23. 1920.
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30 November 2015
Nutrition Scientist (Dr. oec. troph.)
Consumer Centre of the German Federal State of Bavaria, Department Food and Nutrition