Canada needs sugary drink tax, study led by U of T researchers urges

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“Most of the evidence indicates that sugary drinks are the biggest contributors to sugar consumption and play an important role in weight gain,” she says. “You don’t get as full when you’re drinking your calories and it’s easy to consume a lot of sugar in a short time.”

The federal government imposes no restrictions on marketing junk food to children, L’Abbé says, although they have announced impending regulations as part of the Healthy Eating Strategy.

“We know that marketing to kids changes what they want to eat and what they’re asking their parents to buy. And we know that it is the unhealthy foods that are the most heavily marketed to children,” she says.

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