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Sugary Drink Tax Models Show Health Gains, Cost Reductions, But Vary by Tax Design

June 22, 2020
by American Heart Association, MedicalXpress.


A simulation model of different designs of taxes on sugary drinks, which are linked to obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, suggests that all tax designs would generate substantial health gains as well as lower health costs in the U.S., according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. However, some of the models perform better than others.

Frequent consumption of sugary drinks is strongly linked to weight gain, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Sugary drinks remain the largest source of added sugars intake in the U.S., with about 60% of children and half of adults consuming sugary drinks every day.

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