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Sixty seconds on . . . the war on sugar

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 18 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m636
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Is this like the war on drugs?

It’s quite different, not least because this war might actually be winnable. New research1 has shown that in Chile—a nation beset by obesity—sales of sugary drinks dropped by nearly a quarter in two years after the country introduced a “uniquely comprehensive” set of tough new obesity prevention policies in 2016.

How did Chile hit the sweet spot?

It banned schools from selling all foods and drinks containing …

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