A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages: What the modelling shows

Description

This AMA report describes how overweight and obesity is a significant and growing issue in Australia. Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are a major contributor to the obesity crisis and provide almost no nutritional benefit. 

With increasing population body mass index (BMI), direct healthcare costs increase, many of which are borne by government(s), a tax on SSBs would be an important first step towards tackling obesity and would raise revenue to take further steps. Modelling indicates a tax on select SSBs would reduce sugar consumption from soft drinks by 12 to 18 per cent and raise annual government revenue of $814 million to $749 million. 

There would be minimal impact on the sugar industry. Reduced sugar consumption and improved diet would likely lead to a reduction in the prevalence of obesity and substantial healthcare savings. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain key components of the report.
  2. List main recommendations.
  3. Recognise the benefits as a result of implementing the new tax.

AMA
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Online Education
2h : 0m
MBA: 2h : 0m
Health Economics
Medical Practitioner, Doctor-in-Training, Non-Vocationally Registered, Researcher, Retired, Specialist - Other, Specialist General Practitioner

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