Obesity: tax on Snacks could help

According to a new study a tax could be Overweight on foods that are high in sugar content such as biscuits, cakes and sweets, and fat, reduce obesity more effective than a sugar tax on drinks. According to the results, the effect would be even twice as high as in the case of beverages, the researchers report in the journal BMJ.

The researchers used economic models to assess the effects of a 20-percent increase in the price of Snacks with a high sugar content in the UK. Thus, they calculated that a price increase for biscuits, cakes, chocolates and sweets would reduce the average annual energy consumption of approximately 8.900 calories per year for an average weight loss of 1.3 kg of lead. In comparison, a similar price increase for sugar-sweetened beverages would have an average weight loss of 203 grams per year on. In addition, the model predicts that the impact of the price increase for low-income households that struggle the most with obesity, the greatest would be.

So far, it is considered a use of taxes to reduce the sugar and energy consumption, mainly for sugar sweetened drinks. Snacks such as biscuits, cakes, chocolates and sweets, but they often contain more calories and free of sugar as sugar-sweetened beverages, the researchers said. They suggest, however, that reactions to such food are expensive, hard to predict. In addition, is created by a sugar tax, no incentive for the consumption of healthy food.