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Reducing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Argentina

Argentina is one of the world's highest consumers of sugar-sweetened beverages (predominantly sodas). This project will address the problem, and the rapidly increasing rates of obesity and diabetes among youth and adults, through evidence that supports policy development. Improved policies, better health Argentina has begun to implement important policies to reduce the country's non-communicable disease burden, including policies for tobacco control and reduced salt and trans-fatty acids. There is now a growing regional public health interest in regulating sugar-sweetened beverages to prevent disease. As awareness of the health impacts of soda consumption grows, government and civil society stakeholders are interested in policy options to decrease consumption. Taxing soda consumption This project aims to generate evidence to inform this policy development. It will: -describe the market process from production to distribution and consumption -explore the regulatory and legal framework -examine feasibility challenges and the potential impact of tax increases on soda consumption -explore mechanisms that will enable these taxes to increase Researchers will assess the magnitude of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality associated with consuming sugar-sweetened drinks. They will model the health and health-cost benefits of reduced soda intake associated with price increases over the next decade. The predicted global increase of non-communicable diseases will disproportionally affect women and poor people, so the project's methods will analyze policy impacts by gender and socio-economic status. The research team is composed of public health experts, physicians, lawyers, sociologists, and economists. It also includes high-level staff from the Ministry of Health. The project team will share the results through scientific papers in open access journals, policy briefs, and media releases.

Project ID
108168
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
24 months
IDRC Officer
Roberto Bazzani
Total Funding
CA$ 301,958.00
Location
Argentina
Programs
Food, Environment, and Health
Food, Environment, and Health
Institution Country
Argentina
Project Leader
Raul MD, PhD Mejia
Institution
Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad

Outputs

Article

Update of the cardiovascular disease policy model to predict cardiovascular events in Argentina

Article

Projected impact of a reduction in sugar-sweetened beverage consumption on diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Argentina: a modeling study

Article

Regulatory initiatives to reduce sugarsweetened beverages (SSBs) in Latin America