Sugar Tax

May 23, 2014 | 2012 - 2014, News

The Department of Health is considering introducing a sugar tax to encourage South Africans to take responsibility for their own health and make changes to their diet and lifestyle. The Global Cancer Report 2014 notes that body fat increases the risk of cancer of the oesophagus, colon, pancreas, endometrium, and kidneys, as well as breast cancer in post-menopausal women. “Among the dietary factors related to excess body weight, reduction of consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) should be a high priority.” Although it is not yet certain whether a sugar tax will be feasible, tax on SSBs has been introduced successfully in France and Mexico.