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Taxing sweetened drinks by the gram?

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A recent American study found that the idea of taxing sweetened drinks by how much sugar they contain could slash rising obesity rates and save in healthcare costs, a new study suggests.

Currently, seven US cities tax sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) by the volume of the drink.

While the policy has helped cut sales on fizzy drinks, researchers, led by¬†Harvard University’s TH Chan School of Public Health, found a sugar tax would yield even greater results.

It would help the average adult lose 0.7 more pounds, cut obesity rates by an additional 630,000 adults and lower type 2 diabetes cases by 11,000 more people per year.

And the annual economic gain would be $1.8 billion nationwide.

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