At a time when the obesity epidemic and related chronic diseases are on the rise around the world, sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) are being fingered as a key contributing factor. Consequently, the idea of imposing a tax on these products is growing in popularity.
The scientific literature is clear: SSB are harmful to health. Their consumption has been linked to:
Plus, the application of a tax on these products in Quebec is facilitated by the fact that soft drinks are already defined under the province’s regulations.
The healthcare system is proving extremely costly for government and citizens.
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Twenty health policy experts from across Canada, the US and the UK gathered together to build consensus on how governments should act to protect and promote the health of Canadian children, with a focus on preventing obesity.
The following is the brief and summary of recommendations presented by the Weight Coalition during its appearance before the Standing Committee on Health of the House of Commons on issues surrounding soft and energy drinks.