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A new study co-authored by a
The researchers said that while some older studies suggest taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages will reduce obesity by 20 percent, they rely on household data instead of individual consumption patterns, and they assume that individuals don't replace the calories in the soda with calories from another source. The new research finds that while soda taxes do correlate to reduced soda consumption, they do not reduce calorie intake.
The study (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hec.3045/abstract), published in the journal Health Economics, was co-authored by
In their new research, the co-authors conducted two studies. One uses data from the
The second study looks at
"Our results cast serious doubt on the assumptions that proponents of large soda taxes make about the effects on population weight," the study says. "Given that people substitute other calories when they give up soda, these new results suggest we need fundamental changes to policies that make large soda taxes a key element in the fight to reduce overall obesity rates."
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