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Taxing Sugary Drinks Would Raise Substantial Revenue, But Only Modestly Impact Obesity

December 13, 2010: 08:29 AM EST

Large taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages would raise a substantial amount of money, but wouldn’t make much of an impact on obesity, a U.S./Singapore study has found. The researchers analyzed data from the 2006 Nielsen Homescan panel of people who scanned store-bought food and beverage purchases for a year. They then used computer models to predict the impact of various tax rates on sugary drinks. They determined that a 40 percent tax on sugar-sweetened drinks would raise $2.5 billion a year and lead to an average annual weight loss of 1.3 pounds. Taxes on sugary beverages “have the potential to positively influence weight outcomes, especially for middle-income households,” the researchers concluded, and “would also generate substantial revenue that could be used to fund obesity prevention programs.”

Eric A. Finkelstein, PhD, MHA, et al., "Impact of Targeted Beverage Taxes on Higher- and Lower-Income Households", Archives of Internal Medicine, December 13, 2010, © American Medical Association
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