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Lose weight with higher taxes!

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Obesity is a growing problem across the world. One of the factors attributed to weight gain is the increase in the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages. Sugar sweetened beverages contain either natural or sweetened sugars such as sucrose, high fructose corn syrup or fruit juice concentrates. After trying to educate people about the ill effects of obesity, governments in the countries such as the USA are following a new method that has dual effect; tax!

Yes, it is already active in about 33 states in the US wherein about 5.2% tax is being levied upon the soft drinks. The concept behind this is both to decrease the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and also to gather economical benefits. Researchers estimate that introducing a national tax of about 1 cent per ounce on the sugar-sweetened beverages would raise about $14.9 billion within a span of 1 year! This is being proposed as a way to generate revenues as well as create awareness among the people about the ill effects of the sugar sweetened beverages.

Sugar sweetened beverages can not only be heavy on the weighing scales, it may also become heavy on your pockets! Get smart. Stop consuming sugar sweetened beverages, save money and also lose weight!

Source: Brownell KD, Farley T, Willett WC, et al. The Public Health and Economic Benefits of Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. N Engl J Med. 2009 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print]

Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: December 09, 2014