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WHO backs controversial sugar tax on sweetened beverages to stem obesity

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday it would support a 20% to 50% tax on sugary drinks by governments as a solution to the global rise in obesity and type-2 diabetes.

The UN agency said the recommended tax should not only be limited to soda but all sugar-sweetened beverages such as sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit punch, sweetened iced tea, vitamin waters and lemonade.

Mexico weighs doubling sugar tax on sugary drinks

Health advocates in Mexico are recommending the government double the tax on sugary drinks to curb rising obesity and at the same time raise revenue.

Supporters of a higher levy on sweetened beverages say that the 10% surcharge initially placed on fizzy drinks three years ago have had no effect on its consumption and industry sales.

Mexican government has taken in about $2.5bn in revenue since the surcharge was introduced, more than they had expected.