Why are countries around the world imposing tax on sugar? WHO also gave advice, understand its meaning here

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Obesity has become a big problem all over the world including India. Meanwhile, Germany is planning to impose tax on sugar to reduce obesity and keep people healthy. Many countries have imposed tax on sugar before Germany. According to a report, about half of the adults in Germany are becoming obese. One in every five people there is obese. Along with this, 7 percent of people are diabetic and this number is increasing rapidly. In such a situation, the German government can implement rules to impose tax on sugar.

WHO has also advised to impose tax on sugar

According to a study conducted in 2018, so far 28 countries have imposed tax on sugar in food items. Many more countries are thinking of implementing this tax. In 2016, WHO also advised to impose a tax of 20% or more on sugary food items, so that people reduce the use of sugar. After this, many countries of the world started considering imposing tax on sugar. It is very important to understand the benefits of imposing tax on sugar. This step is not easy for any country, but considering the health of the people, imposing tax on sugar can be an effective strategy to reduce diseases. This will not only improve the health of the people but the tax money can be invested in other health schemes.

How will sugar be taxed?

According to experts, Germany and other countries are considering imposing tax on sugar to reduce sugar consumption. This tax will be imposed on sweet drinks and food items. The more sugar these food items contain, the higher the tax will be imposed on them. The government will use the income from this tax for health related schemes and to make people aware. Along with this, people's health will also benefit from this. People will avoid eating sugary sweet drinks and snacks. Such tax has already been imposed in countries like Mexico and Britain. After the tax was imposed, people reduced their sugar intake.

What are the benefits of tax on sugar?

Health experts recommend eating less sugar for good health. Eating too much sugar increases the risk of serious diseases like heart disease and cancer. On the other hand, eating less sugar increases energy levels, helps control weight and improves overall health. Eating less sugar also keeps the skin healthy and reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome. On the other hand, taxing sugar can earn a lot of money for the government. This money can be used to fund health programs, educate people and strengthen the country's infrastructure. In India too, the government can consider taxing sugar.

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