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Taxing Fizzy Drinks: Enough to Curb Sugar Intake?

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So, I just read about the UK’s planned tax on fizzy drinks and it’s not a bad idea. Everyone knows sugar in big quantities leads to a host of health problems like obesity and type 2 diabetes so in a way it’s a poison. Why shouldn’t it be taxed?

But I feel it’s a half-measure. According to economists — so, in theory — if the price of fizzy drinks goes up by 10%, consumption will drop by 10-12%.

The Same Old Routine…


I believe each individual knows what’s best for him/her by instinct. We eat when we’re hungry, drink when we’re thirsty, and sleep when we’re tired or sick. Since my husband doesn’t disagree with this premise, we have been following the “We play it by ear!” approach with our first born. Until three days ago…