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Deeply flawed ‘soda tax’ rife with unintended consequences

Ontario MP says a soda tax will help combat obesity.

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Small reductions in the consumption of sugary drinks and other food products do not necessarily translate into weight loss.

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The response to my recent study (with Patrick Basham) on obesity trends and policy in Canada has been sharp and plentiful. Critics reiterated their view that Canadian waistlines are expanding continuously, putting lives and health (not to mention the health care system) at serious risk, with the only solution being taxation and regulation.