South Africa wages war on obesity by taxing sugar


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CNN reports that the South African government is planning to implement a sugar tax to help curb the country's growing obesity epidemic.

There is a marked increase in obesity and overweight rates across developing countries, surpassing the rate of obesity in developed states.

The Overseas Development Institute says the number of overweight and obese people in the developing world has grown from 250 million in 1980 to a billion in recent years.

South Africa isn't the only country that is implementing a sugar tax; Mexico, France, Hungary and New York have pioneered the strategy.  

READ: South Africa's sugar tax: a bold move, and the right thing to do

-Additional reporting: CNN

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