World Obesity day is here and so is the push by doctors and nutritionists to tax sugary drinks.
According to the World Health organization, more than 1 in 3 adults worldwide aged 18 years and older were overweight in 2014.
The consumption of pop, fruit juices and sports drinks are all being linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.
Nutritionist Shannon Crocker says Mexico’s decision to apply a tax to sugar sweetened beverages further bolsters the policy.
“They had a decrease purchase, definitely, of sugar sweetened beverages, about a six to twelve per cent decline but an increase intake of water which is like a real hurrah moment!”
Crocker says what we see in Canada and across the world is that price points often make the unhealthy choice the attractive one.
“The average price of one litre of milk in Canada last year was at $2.47 compared to a $1.94 for two litres of cola.”
“That is a big difference,” she stresses.
“Especially if you have limited income.”
Outside of taxation Crocker believes that education remains critical in the fight against obesity.
This means putting nutritious meal options at the forefront and teaching people how to make them.
According to Crocker, the sooner the better.
“We need to start in schools, when kids are young.”
“Making healthy choices accessible and available to kids in daycare and recreation centres.”