Doctors Propose to Increase Tax on Sugary Beverages by 20%

Published Date : Jul 17, 2015

The British Medical Association, also known as BMA is rooting to impose extra tax on sodas and other sugary beverages to encourage consumers to gradually reduce their unhealthy dietary habits. Imposing extra tax on beverages, BMA said will also help to curb the increasing incidence of obesity in the country. 

This tax proposal also appeared in a report released by the association called “Food for Thought”. The report was published on Tuesday. 

The report by BMA includes the suggestion of increasing the tax on sugary beverages by at least 20 per cent. It also suggested the tax increase to be imposed across all alcoholic drinks that has added sugar, sugary soft drinks, energy drinks, concentrated fruit juices, as well as fruit drinks. The report has drawn the instance from Mexico where a similar ruling was passed that forced the consumers to pay extra for sugary drinks, and thereby helped in bringing down the consumption of such beverages. 

Mexico on January 1, 2014 imposed 10 per cent extra tax on sugary beverages. Almost 30 percent of population in Mexico is obese are the high prevalence of obesity in the country has been partly blamed to the consumption of Coco-Cola and other adulterated beverages. 

To evaluate the effect of tax increase on the consumption of beverages in Mexico, the University of North Carolina together with Mexican National Institute of Public Health found that the rate of consumption of sugary beverages in the country has reduced by 6 per cent in 2014, and the consumption had reduced by 12% by the end of that year, as reported in The Guardian. 

Experts are of the opinion that this reduction will positively aid to curb the rising obesity problem in Mexico. BMA forecasts that implementing similar regulations in the U.K. will also help to bring down the obese population in the country.