The obesity epidemic and sugar-sweetened beverages: a taxing time

Becky Freeman, Kieron Rooney and Eloise Howse
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00364
Published online: 18 September 2017

We fully support Colagiuri’s appeal to implement comprehensive, regulatory action to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption.1 Excessive sugar-sweetened soft drink consumption is associated with weight gain, diabetes and dental caries.2 Strikingly, sugary drinks are the single largest contributor of added sugars in the diet of Australians aged 14–50 years.3

  • Becky Freeman
  • Kieron Rooney
  • Eloise Howse

  • University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW


Competing interests:

We are members of the Sydney University Healthy Beverage Initiative.


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