UK: Study says sugar tax may have helped prevent obesity in some girls

University of Cambridge
Thursday, January 26, 2023
The introduction of the soft drinks industry levy – the ‘sugary drinks tax’ – in England was followed by a drop in the number of cases of obesity among older primary school children, according to Cambridge researchers. Taking into account current trends in obesity, their estimates suggest that around 5,000 cases of obesity per year may have been prevented in year six girls alone. The study, published today in PLOS Medicine, looked at the impact of the levy on reception age children and those in year six, but found no significant association between the levy and obesity levels in year six boys or younger children from reception class. The research was supported by the National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) and the Medical Research Council.
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