WHO urges countries to raise taxes on sugary drinks

The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to use tax policy to discourage the use of sugary drinks like sodas, sport drinks and even 100-percent fruit juices as a way to fight obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.


In a report released on the eve of World Obesity Day on Tuesday, health agency said tax increase in the retail prices of sugary drinks, would result in a proportional reduction in consumption.

WHO said increasing taxes on sugary drinks could help lower consumption of sugars, bringing health benefits and more income for governments such as to pay for health services.

The health agency has recommended that people keep intake of sugar to less than 10 percent of their total energy needs.