One of the fun things about creating these Tapestry pages of odds and ends is wondering where next we might find such another source of such odds and ends. Many a charity shop and many a doctor’s waiting room are a source of that yellow-framed front cover of the National Geographic that amazing magazine that gives us pictures, information snippets and major articles from all round the world. Well here are just a few snippets from that amazing resource.
There's no way to sugar coat it: Obesity is a global problem. Once found largely in industrialized places, the condition is now on the rise in developing nations too–and sweet beverages are partly to blame.
Taxing could help curb the trend. In recent years at least ten countries have introduced surcharges on sugary drinks in an effort to reduce consumption. The U.K. is considering a tax; on the Pacific
island of Nauru, where most people are overweight, both sodas and flavoured milks are taxed.
Oliver Mytton, who studies public health at Oxford, says markets are feeling the impact. In France, for instance, fewer sweet drinks have been sold since a 2012 tax was implemented. What isn't clear yet is how much the levies are affecting waistlines. Still, says Mytton, they're "a step in the right direction."