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Are Soda Taxes Good Policy for Combatting Obesity and Malnutrition?

  • Jack BOBO, Taylor C WALLACE and Sweta CHAKRABORTY

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CEO, Futurity.

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Principle Consultant and CEO, Think Healthy Group; Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, George Mason University.

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Founder and Principal, Adapt to Thrive.

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1 A Gulland, “Malnutrition and obesity coexist in many countries, report finds” (2016) BMJ 353:i3351.

2 WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children (World Health Organization, 2015), available at www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/sugar-guideline/en/.

3 A Menayang, “Tax beverage sales drop in Philadelphia, rise in its suburbs. Is it going as planned?” (23 August 2017), available at www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2017/08/22/Catalina-data-Post-levy-soda-sales-in-Philadelphia-suburbs-increase.

4 Jou, J and Techakehakij, W, “International application of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxation in obesity reduction: factors that may influence policy effectiveness in country-specific contexts” (2012) 107(1) Health Policy 83.

5 M Grynbaum, “New York’s Ban on Big Sodas Is Rejected by Final Court” (New York Times, 26 June 2014), available at www.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/nyregion/city-loses-final-appeal-on-limiting-sales-of-large-sodas.html.

6 Galle, B, “Tax, Command—or Nudge? Evaluating the New Regulation” (2014) 92 Texas Law Review 837.

7 Unites States Dept of Agriculture, “Manufacturing” (2018), available at www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-markets-prices/processing-marketing/manufacturing.aspx.

8 M Rourke, “Just how much sugar do Americans consume?” (20 September 2016), Associated Press, available at www.statnews.com/2016/09/20/sugar-consumption-americans/.

9 I Shemilt et al, “Economic instruments for population diet and physical activity behaviour change: a systematic scoring review” (2013) 8(9) PLoS One 1.

10 M Pollan, The New York Times Book Review (2003), available at michaelpollan.com/articles-archive/you-want-fries-with-that/.

* CEO, Futurity.

** Principle Consultant and CEO, Think Healthy Group; Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, George Mason University.

*** Founder and Principal, Adapt to Thrive.

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