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Study in US finds that taxing sugary beverages not a clear cut strategy to reduce obesity [Registered]

Taxing sugary beverages may help reduce calories, but the health benefits may be offset as consumers substitute other unhealthy foods, according to a joint study by researchers at RTI International, Duke University, and the US Department of Agriculture. The study, published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, found that the reduction in sugary beverages due to a soda tax would likely lead consumers to substitute those calories by increasing their calorie, salt and fat intake from untaxed foods and beverages. “Instituting a sugary beverage tax may be an appealing public policy option to curb obesity, but it’s not as…

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