Sugar High: Why Taxes On Sweet Things are Increasing in Asia

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The National Interest—Asit K. Biswas, Kris Hartley Health, Asia Taxes on sugary beverages are not enough on their own to halt march of obesity in Asia. Facing declining markets in Western countries, multinational food companies are targeting Africa, Asia, and Latin America as new consumers of packaged foods, in a move that may worsen the global epidemic of chronic illness related to diabetes. Governments are striking back at obesity risk factors, including unhealthy foods. Singapore, which might have as many as one...

Norwegian sugar tax sends sweet-lovers over border to Sweden. Consumption has fallen to record lows, but candy superstores in the neighbouring country are booming as the levy rises again It seems unfair to call it a sweet shop. In the shopping centre north of Charlottenberg in south-western Sweden, barely four miles from Norway and less than 90 minutes’ drive from Oslo, is a candy superstore. Arrayed across 3,500 sq metres of floor space – half a football pitch – are aisle upon aisle of sugary treats, more than 4,000 products in all, from sour...