Money talks: Should we tax sugar? | The Economist

Soft drinks on shelves in a Woolworths superma...

Soft drinks on shelves in a Woolworths supermarket (Australia). Taken by myself. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Listen to the Economist debate the effectiveness of higher taxes to curb obesity, citing the UK’s recent parliamentary debate on the introduction of a sugar tax.

Source: Money talks: Should we tax sugar? | The Economist

I found the audio a useful addition to my knowledge on the subject. In particular, the evidence on the effectiveness of the sugar tax in Mexico was interesting.

Personally, I think that government policy on combatting obesity is behind the curve – people are noticeably getting fatter and consuming more junk-food.

Thoughts?

Drinking diet soda linked to heart disease – MarketWatch

Coca-Cola light logo

Coca-Cola light logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Pepsi in Thailand. Polski: Butelki Pe...

English: Pepsi in Thailand. Polski: Butelki Pepsi w Tajlandii. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s the second deeply worrying article that I’m citing by MarketWatch today.

via Drinking diet soda linked to heart disease – MarketWatch.

It seems that drinking diet soda is linked to heart disease.

Also today Pepsi changes its sweetener in the US but still keeps a potentially problematic sweetener for its global market.

Do you or your family still drink diet sodas? Are you worried?

Thoughts?