Lifestyle Economics

Sugar taxes have a poor track record in tackling obesity


In the Media

Matthew Lesh writes for The Spectator

In the Media

Len Shackleton writes for CapX

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, IEA Director General, has written his column in The Times on the ineffectiveness of sugar taxes, highlighting their regressive nature and history of failure in getting people fit.

As Mark points out:

“A study published in The Lancet in 2017 prophesied that a cut in added sugar of 40 per cent could, over five years, reduce the number of obese Brits by half a million. In fact, child obesity appears to be on the rise, a staggering increase from 10 per cent to nearly 15 per cent among those aged four and five in the past year alone.”

“The sugar tax and its hypothecation has been a predictable failure, but, sadly, it is likely to be repeated.”

Read the full article here.