The tax on sugary drinks has raised almost R3 billion. Coca-Cola says it has reduced the sugar levels of its drinks range by more than a quarter, irritating those who said the levy wouldn’t cut sugar consumption. But is the profit being used for health promotion? Could political parties rally against it after the election?
It is premature for the sugar industry to claim that the sugary drinks tax is causing job losses, according to Treasury.
Malnutrition, which includes both obesity and undernutrition, is the leading cause of poor health around the world, and the culprits for the costly obesity epidemic aren’t individual couch potatoes. Instead, governments have failed to curb ‘big food’ placing everybody’s health at stake, according to a major report.
It is one of our fastest-growing epidemics. But managing diabetes is complicated when diagnosed late – the main problem for most South Africans. HEALTH-E NEWS’ Amy Green spends time in a surgical ward where people living with complications from the condition often have to choose between amputation and death. And once they have lost a […]