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Taxes on sugary beverages are not enough to halt march of obesity in Asia

from Business Standard

Facing declining markets in Western countries, multinational food companies are targeting Africa, Asia and Latin America as new consumers of packaged foods, in a move that may worsen the global epidemic of chronic illness related to diabetes. Governments are striking back at obesity risk factors, including unhealthy foods. Singapore, which might have as many as one million residents with diabetes by 2050, now requires soda producers to reduce sugar content. Obesity and other lifestyle-related diseases have now become a "silent" long-term challenge that will cost governments in healthcare liabilities and lost productivity. more

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