The prevalence of obesity in children in South Africa increased from 10.6% in 2005 to 13.3% in 2016 – more than twice the global prevalence of 5.6%. This was revealed in the 2019 South African Child Gauge report, which was released on Tuesday. The SA Child Gauge is an annual[…]
By Thakira Desai This week, the proposed sugar tax is set to be tabled before Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance, a matter that has left the public divided. A sugar tax or soft-drink tax is designed to reduce consumption of drinks with added sugar. Drinks covered under a sugar tax[…]
There is no substantial evidence to indicate National Treasury’s proposed 20% tax on sugar- sweetened beverages (SSBs) may curb obesity, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR). The IRR published a policy paper, A stealth tax, not a health tax. The paper indicates that the “mathematical model”[…]
There are roughly 805 million people around the world that live with chronic hunger and undernourishment, a clear indication as to the scale of extreme poverty affecting the global population. The issue, along with matters like food security and high costs in basic food, are some of the topics that[…]
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