For sugar tax supporters, 2016 may be the sweet spot

lunes 8 de febrero de 2016 10:42 GYT

* India, Philippines, Indonesia consider tax on sugary drinks

* British lawmakers debate issue, follows sugar tax in Mexico

* Campaigners say such levies could help fight obesity epidemic

* But evidence inconclusive on extent of public health impact

By Martinne Geller

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - 2016 could be the year of the sugar tax, as several large nations consider levies on sweetened food and drinks to battle obesity and fatten government coffers.

For years, public health advocates have called for such measures as one prong of an attack against a growing obesity epidemic that has fuelled rates of heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses, in both the developed and developing worlds.

Supporters hope the taxes will raise the cost of high-calorie products and lead to a decline in consumption, in the same way that tobacco taxes have helped reduce smoking.

Opponents say taxes provide no health benefits, unfairly target certain types of product, hurt jobs and burden the poor.   Continuación...