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Obesity and the Sugar Tax
As the so-called obesity crisis seems to worsen, several governments have recently brought in legislation to tackle it. As an increasing number of countries report that in excess of fifty percent of their adult population is dangerously overweight, legislators as far afield as Mexico and The UK have introduced a sugar tax. It is fair to say that results have been somewhat mixed and conclusive evidence of the effectiveness of such an approach is still lacking. However, initial reports suggest that in Mexico - where consumption of sodas appears practically endemic - the tax has led to a fall in sales of Coca-Cola and similar beverages. Whether this will translate into the hoped-for decrease in hospital admissions for diabetes remains to be seen.
TRUE if the statement agrees with the information
FALSE if the statement contradicts the information
NOT GIVEN if there is no information on this
1. Obesity is now a worldwide problem
2. In more and more countries, over half of the population is severely overweight
3. We will soon know whether the approach of bringing in a sugar tax has been worthwhile.
4. In Mexico, as a result of the sugar tax, fewer people have been admitted to hospital with medical conditions related to obesity.