Taiwan mulls sugar tax to combat childhood obesity

Legislative Yuan group calls for further study on implanting a tax on sugary drinks

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Legal Affairs Group of the Legislative Yuan has submitted a research report floating the idea that the government should look into a tax on sugary drinks to reduce obesity among school-aged children, reported CNA.

The report calls for an immediate evaluation of a potential sugar tax.

The Legal Affairs Group’s report pointed to a 2017 report by the World Health Organization that recommends a tax be implemented to reduce sugar consumption. France, Hungary, Ireland, the U.K., and some U.S. states currently tax sugary drinks.

According to the Ministry of Education, 27.6 percent of students enrolled in elementary school, and 29.5 percent of students in middle school were overweight during the 2017-2018 school year.

The Legal Affairs Group calls for further evaluation of the feasibility of implementing a tax on sugary drinks, as well as reform of diet curriculum. In doing so, the group recommends that the Ministry of Education should work with the Ministry of Health and Education to promote a healthy diet on campus.