Studies Show People Are Getting Heavier All Over the World
Many researchers have reported that at least one third population of the world are now obese. According to reports, more than 700 million people in the world have unhealthy BMI and 100 million of them are little kids. The number of obese people has grown by 100% in the last three decades. The USA is leading in this number and it’s not only the adults who are obese, but also the kids. As a matter of fact, more than 13 percent of young children in the states are overweight or obese, which is the highest in the world.
Obesity has become a global health issue that the World Health Organization put special attention to this problem. It can lead to many fatal health issues such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, Alzheimer’s and even psychological disorders. Almost60 percent of cardiovascular disease in this world is related to obesity and it proves that obesity is a serious threat for people’s live. To help reducing the health impact of obesity, the WHO has persuaded many countries to increase tax on sugary drinks at least by 20%.
Many studies have shown that sugary drinks consumption is one of the main factors why the world is getting heavier nowadays. By making those sweet beverages, including carbonated drinks, energy drinks as well as sweetened ice tea, more expensive, the WHO sincerely hoped that the consumption will be reduced hence lowering obesity problem.
Consumption of sugary drinks will not only make people gain weight fast but also increase the risks of type 2 diabetes. Imposing high tax on sugary drinks will not completely solve the problem and the people will magically lose weight. However, it is an excellent step to start spreading better health awareness.
WHO also recommended the government to take advantage of the sugary drinks tax money with good strategy if they really want to make their citizens healthier. Instead of taking the money, it is best if the government use the extra income to subsidize healthy foods such as organic fruit and vegetables. This way, people will be encouraged to purchase healthier ingredients since the price is cheap and there are plenty of varieties available.
Putting tax on sugary drinks and use the money to subsidize healthy food can bring many benefits to help people to be healthier. This is because recent studies have shown that the main cause of increased weight is the food people consume, not a lack of exercise. While it is true that exercise is still very important, it is the food that people consume that will determine their health. Therefore, it is highly essential for the government to encourage the public to consume healthier food and reduce the consumption of sugary beverages.
It is a pretty effective solution and some countries are reported to consider this seriously. However, in the real world the application can be very difficult due to the pressure from the sweet beverages industry. The government still needs to prepare some incentives to make the industry comply to the regulations.