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Taxing Soda for Public Health

A Canadian Perspective

  • Yann Le Bodo
  • Marie-Claude Paquette
  • Philippe De Wals
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
    Pages 1-32
  3. Why: Rationale for Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 35-57
    3. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 59-74
    4. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 75-82
  4. What: Impact of Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 85-93
    3. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 95-107
    4. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 109-120
    5. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 121-129
    6. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 131-140
    7. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 141-150
    8. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 151-160
  5. How: Applicability of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 163-192
    3. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 193-212
    4. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 213-221
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Yann Le Bodo, Marie-Claude Paquette, Philippe De Wals
      Pages 225-233
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-244

About this book

Introduction

This timely reference analyzes the rationale, impact, and feasibility of taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) as a public health measure to contribute curbing obesity and diabetes rates, specifically in Canada. It presents the pros and cons of taxing soda, with the latest data on adverse health effects of its consumption, plus the various business and political issues surrounding the contentious proposition. Reviewed research is multidisciplinary, spanning health and medicine to ethics, economics, and law. Conclusions and caveats are clear and presented at a comfort level for the general reader. The result is a blueprint for analyzing the relevancy of taxes on sweetened soft drinks or other low-nutrition food products, plus a trove of valuable insights into aspects of government decision-making and consumer food behavior.

Included in the coverage:

· Reasons for specifically targeting SSBs

· SSB taxation as a public health policy instrument

· Effects of SSB taxation on energy intakes and population health

· Potential undesirable effects relating to SSB taxation

· Social and political acceptability of SSB taxation

· Evaluability of SSB taxation

Taxing Soda for Public Health will interest policymakers, public health professionals, advocacy groups, and researchers at the Canadian and international levels (e.g., in areas such as public health, nutrition, food and health policies, health economics, and evaluation), as well as students and all other parties interested in nutrition policies.

Keywords

sugar sweetened beverages soft drinks sugary drinks taxation health policy health law health economics chronic disease prevention health promotion overweight healthy eating health behavior change health-related taxes and fiscal policies healthy diets healthy lifestyle changes childhood obesity prevention food and beverage pricing strategies costs of obesity and non-communicable diseases soda politics junk food tax

Authors and affiliations

  • Yann Le Bodo
    • 1
  • Marie-Claude Paquette
    • 2
  • Philippe De Wals
    • 3
  1. 1.QuébecCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of NutritionUniversity of MontrealMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Dept Social & Preventive MedLaval UniversityQuebecCanada

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