The latest study on soda taxes reaffirms what we’ve been saying here at Sip & Savor all along. Research conducted at Duke-National University of Singapore and published in Archives of Internal Medicine yesterday found that even placing a very high tax on beverages is not an effective means for combating obesity.
And as taxes are just as ineffective in reducing obesity, they also won't teach healthy lifestyles. Yesterday's Wall Street Journal Health blog summed it up well. Taxes may raise money for the government, but that's about it. It's further confirmation that soda taxes are just a thinly veiled money grab. They won’t make people healthier - calorie balance and physical activity do that.
For the American Beverage statement on this study, please click here.