Sugar Taxes Will Address Global Diabetes Problem

November 13, 2015 International Tax Cooperation

BELGIUM – Diabetes is on the rise around the world, and sugar taxes could help pay for health programs to ease its effects.

On November 11th the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) released new statistics about the global growth of diabetes, and pushed for governments to implement taxes on sugar laden foods in order to fight the disease.

The IDF claimed that type 2 diabetes now accounts for 90 percent of all diabetes cases in the world, and the number of individual cases is only set to rise.

The Federation said that the Middle East and North Africa are currently facing worst rates of diabetes, with approximately 35 million people currently being affected, or 9.1 percent of the population, although this will rise to a total of 72 million by the year 2040, or approximately 11.4 percent of the populations.

It was also noted that the rates of diabetes in South and Central America will rise by 65 percent by 2040, with one in every eight people being afflicted.

The IDF called on governments to adopt fiscal policies which will raise taxes on foods associated with increasing diabetes risks, with the extra funds to be used to pay for public programs aimed at preventing diabetes and helping alleviate its effects on sufferers.

It was noted that such “sugar taxes” have already been implemented in some countries, and preliminary results indicate that they do lead directly to a reduction in foods known to exacerbate the onset of diabetes.

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