Canada Government to Mull Tax on Sugary Drinks

Published By : 07 Sep 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) on Monday stated that levying a tax on sugar sweetened beverage will help in battling type 2 diabetes in the country, which has forced the Government of Canada to think about introducing a charge on sugary beverages and use the generated revenues in promoting the health of its citizens.

The Canadian Diabetes Association also sought support from different federal parties who are participating in the upcoming elections next month. 

President as well as chief executive officer of the Canadian Diabetes Association Rick Blickstead said that studies based on evidence clearly prove that over consumption of sugary drinks has a direct impact on the rising chances of developing type 2 diabetes. 

Blickstead added that the Canadian Diabetes Association is hoping to make diabetes a part of the national electoral debate. This debate includes establishing a national pharmacare initiative, levying a charge of sugar sweetened drinks, and extending the disability tax credit to all age groups in Canada who are suffering from type 1 diabetes. 

He went on to add that these steps will not only help in preventing and controlling diabetes but also aid all diabetics in living to their full potential. 

The Canadian Diabetes Association, in its position statement, makes a recommendation that citizens curb their intake of added sugars to less than 10 per cent of the overall daily intake of calories. This amounts to approximately 12 teaspoons or 50 grams of free sugars on a given day, in association with a diet of 2,000 calories. The advice given by the Canadian Diabetes Association is to substitute sugary beverages with water. 

The prevalence of diabetes in Canada has nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010, registering a rise from 1.3 million to 2.5 million during the decade. Over one in four Canadians today suffer from either prediabetes or diabetes

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