We're hardwired to love sweet things, but too much sugar is leading to an increase in type 2 diabetes. Here's what individuals and policymakers can do cut our collective sugar intake.
2020 Australian of the Year James Muecke has called for a tax on sugary drinks – and the evidence is behind him.
Myths that taxes on sugary drinks unfairly disadvantage the poor and will result in job losses don't hold up. Here's what the evidence says.
We love junk food.
Many argue the key to helping low-income Americans eat healthier is eliminating food deserts. A new study suggests this doesn't help.
Corporations misused evidence to manipulate health policy.
We found that evidence cited by three organisations - a big corporate and two industry lobby groups - was either not evidence at all, or had been twisted to suit the industry’s narrative.
Sugar taxes may not prevent obesity and associated conditions overnight, but they can be part of the solution.
In Indonesia, the highest-income group spends about 27 times as much on sugary drinks as the lowest.
Our research estimates how much benefit taxing sugary drinks could bring to Indonesia.
How a price-hiking "meat tax" could prevent 220,000 deaths and save more than US$40 billion in health care costs around the world every year.
Obesity is rising and so are the costs.
Obesity is not a rational choice. But there is scope for governments to get involved and improve our options.
The sugar industry has a lot of influence over health policy.
Australia needs a sugar tax, as part of a broader national nutrition policy, to combat the obesity crisis. And the sugar industry is getting in the way.
The sugar industry has employed various tactics to influence health policy in its favour.
Tonight, Four Corners looks at the tactics Big Sugar has used to influence health policy. Here's our pick of five analysis pieces that will get you informed on the issue before the program airs.
A new study in rats adds to the evidence that artificial sweeteners may be bad for your health.
Taxing sugar places the burden on the poor – people who are already burdened by higher rates of heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Sugar taxes fail to tackle the root of the problem -- the production and marketing of foods that cause chronic disease.
Why you might soon be paying more for your favourite sugary drink.
Governments in countries such as Mexico and the United Kingdom have responded to the over-consumption of refined sugar with a “sugar tax;” Canada lags behind.
Too much refined sugar in your diet is not just a risk factor for obesity and diabetes, it also increases your chances of heart disease.
The sugar tax relies on creating a price difference between high- and low-sugar drinks, but this could be cancelled out by bundled offers, such as fixed-price meal deals.
There’s no direct evidence that taxing sugary drinks will lead to more consumption of alcohol.
A recent study was reported as saying a sugar tax would have us drinking more alcohol. But the study didn't establish this fact. The results were mixed with no evidence one thing caused another.
As cities in developing countries - like Lagos in Nigeria, pictured here - grow, so do obesity risks.
Governments must understand that the factors making cities convenient and productive also make their residents prone to obesity. They must confront this challenge with intelligent, focused policies.
South Africa has one last hurdle to cross before it implements a sugar tax to prevent a wide-range of obesity related non-communicable diseases.
African governments efforts to improve health are being undermined by corporations luring clientele.
Unhealthy food corporations use various tactics to undermine public health policies aimed at tackling the scourge of non-communicable diseases like diabetes and obesity.
Taxing sugary drinks to tackle obesity would lead to a stronger economy, new research shows.
The benefits of a sugar tax go beyond mere health savings when obesity rates drop. Our new research predicts wider economic benefits due to more, healthier people in work.