The new tax is one method of fighting rising rates of obesity

In the United Kingdom, the cost of sugary drinks has gone up with a new tax coming into effect. This sugar tax was announced in March 2016 and was set to go into effect this year, but already has enacted change. 50% of manufacturers are reported to have changed the ingredients in their drinks in order to come below the tax threshold. Brands like Coca-Cola are subject to the tax.

The point of this tax is to fight a growing rate of obesity, with the Public Health Minister of Britain stating that teenagers consume almost a bathtub of sugary drinks every year.

Initially, the government predicted that almost £520 million would be collected from the sugar tax in the first year. However, since companies have chosen to shift ingredients, this figure has dropped to £240 million—but will still go toward funding nutritious food for children and physical activities.

Sugar Tax

In the United Kingdom, the cost of sugary drinks has gone up with a new tax coming into effect. This sugar tax was announced in March 2016 and was set to go into effect this year, but already has enacted change. 50% of manufacturers are reported to have changed the ingredients in their drinks in order to come below the tax threshold. Brands like Coca-Cola are subject to the tax.

The point of this tax is to fight a growing rate of obesity, with the Public Health Minister of Britain stating that teenagers consume almost a bathtub of sugary drinks every year.