How is this for progressive leadership: the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) has publicly “called for the government of Canada to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks and use the revenues generated to promote the health of Canadians,” Medscape .
- “Evidence-based studies conclusively demonstrate that excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages directly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes,” said Rick Blickstead, president and CEO of the CDA.”
- “The CDA wants diabetes to be part of the national election debate — including a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, establishment of a national pharmacare program, and extension of the disability tax credit to Canadians of all ages living with type 1 diabetes,” Blickstead continued.
- “In its position statement, the CDA recommends that Canadians limit intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total daily calorie intake. This is approximately 50 g (12 tsps) of free sugars per day, based on a 2000-calorie daily diet. It advises replacing sugar-sweetened drinks with water.”
- “The CDA also cites how a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in Mexico, France, Hungary, and Finland lowered consumption. Reductions were 10%, 3.1%, 6%, and 3.1%, respectively, in these countries after the introduction of such a tax.”
Kudos to CDA for showing what a health organization is supposed to do first and foremost — protect public health.