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'We need regulation; We need a sugar tax', says Health sociologist

14 February 2017 11:31 AM
Health sociologist and researcher at Wits, Aviva Tugendhaft debates the public health benefit of imposing a sugar tax in SA.

Does the sugar tax have a public health benefit and is it good or bad for the economy?

Presenter Eusebius Mckaiser fielded calls from listeners and spoke with health sociologist and Wits researcher Aviva Tugendhaft.

As the public hearings on the proposed sugar tax continue in Parliament, Tugendhaft is adamant that the sugar tax will decrease obesity in South Africa.

We need regulation. We need a sugar tax. Why? Because related to the obesity epidemic is excessive sugar consumption.

Aviva Tugendhaft, Deputy Director of PRICELESS SA

She advises that approximately 9 million South Africans are obese.

According to Tugendhaft, a sugar tax has the potential to reduce the number of obese people by almost 250 000.

She advises that such interventions will decrease sugar consumption as the price goes up.

Tugendhaft explains the causal link between the sugar tax and obesity and responds to other arguments, evidence and rebuttal.

Take a listen to the full debate here:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'We need regulation; We need a sugar tax', says Health sociologist


14 February 2017 11:31 AM