In the Americas, 64% of men and 61% of women are overweight or obese, the highest rate in the world.
Mexico City (apro). -The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) proposes to increase the tax on sugary beverages to prevent non-communicable diseases.
In introducing the “Taxation of Sugary Beverages in the Americas” report, the agency revealed that a 25% increase in prices will result in a 34% reduction in the consumption of these beverages.
He also recalled that in the American continent, 64% of men and 61% of women are overweight or obese, which is the highest rate in the world.
In this sense, he commented that during the covid-19 pandemic, measures such as taxes on these products have become imminent, because people with overweight, obesity, diabetes or heart disease are more likely to develop severe cases of covid-19. .
In addition, he emphasized that the sugar-sweetened beverage tax can be used as a direct source of taxation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “
He explained that more than 73 countries/regions around the world impose taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages, while in 21 states in the Americas, the taxation is implemented nationwide, while in the United States, there are seven jurisdictions. Districts are taxed locally.
The report emphasized that excise taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages are a win-win for the government because they can improve the health of the population, generate income and reduce long-term healthcare costs and productivity losses.