Can a sugar tax improve public health? Even if it can, is it the right thing to do? One of New Zealand’s foremost health scientists, Mike Berridge, teams up with tax expert Lisa Marriott to explore the issue.
This BWB Text explains the relationship between sugar and ill-health, and explores how taxes can reduce people’s sugar intake. It draws on research and case studies from around the world, including Denmark, Mexico and the Pacific. With New Zealand now the third most obese nation in the OECD, Berridge and Marriott’s discussion is a timely addition to a contentious debate.
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'Sugary drinks: how a tax could change our health', Sunday Morning, RNZ, 6 August 2017.
'NZers' sugar intake six times daily recommendation', RNZ, 6 August 2017.