Expected impact of the sugar sweetened beverages tax in Mexico

Expected impact of the sugar sweetened beverages tax in Mexico
Published 17th May 2017
Author Tonatiuh Barrientos-Gutierrez, et al.
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This study explores the impact of the 1-peso-per-litre tax to sugar sweetened beverages in Mexico. If argues that: 

  • Ten years after the implementation of the tax, a 2.54% reduction in obesity prevalence is expected.
  • People in the lowest level of socioeconomic status and those between 20 and 35 years of age showed the largest reductions in BMI and overweight and obesity prevalence.
  • Simulations show that by 2030, under the current implementation of 1-peso-per-litre, the tax would prevent 86 to 134 thousand cases of diabetes.
  • Overall, the 2-peso-per-litre scenario is expected to produce twice as much of a reduction.