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Could a 'sugar tax' on soft drinks help tackle the obesity epidemic?

A tax raising the price of sugar sweetened drinks could help tackle the obesity epidemic, scientists have claimed.

Scientists at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, measured the effect of a 20 per cent tax on soft drinks, on the prevalence of obesity in adults in the country.

The team found the effective price rise could act as one initiative, in a multi-faceted approach to preventing obesity, Medical Daily reported.

Researchers found that implementing the tax resulted in a 3.8 per cent reduction in obesity in men and a 2.4 per cent fall in women, equating to a fall of 220,000 obese adults in South Africa.

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