Rise in Excise Duty on Soft Drinks can Bring Decline in Obesity, Diabetes Rate in India

Rise in Excise Duty on Soft Drinks can Bring Decline in Obesity, Diabetes Rate

Rise in excise duty on aerated drinks can prove beneficial in reducing obesity and diabetes rate in India. A study has been carried out by a group of researchers from Stanford University.

As per it, introduction of 20% extra excise duty on sweetened drinks can prevent four lakh people to get diagnosed with diabetes and another 11 million people from getting obese or overweight over the next 10 years.

One of the researchers of the study, Dr. Sutapa Agarwal, affirmed that rate of obesity and diabetes is increasing in India. It is high time now to control the increasing rate. There are a number of factors for bringing rise in diabetes and obesity rate and one such factor is easy accessibility of soft drinks.

The study has been published in the PLOS Medicine journal. As per the studies that have been conducted in metropolitan cities of India like Delhi and Mumbai, it has been revealed that 65% to 70% people are overweight.

Not only this, it has also been believed by a number of experts that every third Indian has diabetes. “Just like taxes on cigarettes have been introduced to contain lung cancer and heart disease, taxes on beverages could contain diabetes”, said Dr. Anoop Misra, Chairman of Fortis CDOC Hospital for Diabetes, New Delhi.

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