Doctoral students from Mexico tackle taxes and cartoon characters in an effort to fight obesity

The opportunity to make a broad impact on food policy is what drives both Claudia Nieto and Gabriela García, two PhD students from Mexico who are visiting scholars at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Global Food Research Program (GFRP) this year. Both Claudia and Gabriela are students at GFRP’s research partner National Institute of Public Health (INSP, Instituto […]

Sugary drink taxes based on volume vs. sugar density: Simulations comparing tax designs in Mexico find advantages to both

New research from GFRP graduate Juan Carlos Salgado Hernández, PhD and professor Shu Wen Ng, PhD, examines how different sugary drink tax designs compare to Mexico’s tax in terms of how effectively they might reduce the amount of sugar Mexicans buy from beverages and the volume of sugary drinks they buy at the store, as well as how much tax […]

Adults in Mexico are consuming fewer soft drinks three years into its sugary-beverage tax

Three years after Mexico implemented a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, the country’s adults are drinking fewer soft drinks, according to new findings from an international team of researchers. The team examined the self-reported soft-drink intake of participants in the three phases of Mexico’s Health Workers Cohort Study – a self-administered survey on health and lifestyle […]

UNC researchers project positive gains for children a year after Mexico’s sugary beverage tax

New research finds that Mexico’s 10-percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), implemented in 2014, could result in meaningful weight control for the country’s children and adolescents, particularly in those who had been high consumers of the beverages before the tax. Barry Popkin, PhD, is a co-author on “Body weight impact of the sugar-sweetened beverages tax […]

Stern studies Effect of Changes in Soda Consumption on Weight in Mexican Women

GFRP at UNC alumna Dalia Stern authored an article published in the American Journal of Public Health investigating the effect of changes in soda consumption on weight over 2 years on a cohort of women in Mexico (Published online September 21, 2017). The study, titled Changes in Sugar-Sweetened Soda Consumption, Weight, and Waist Circumference: 2-Year […]

SSB sales fall in Mexico after second year of taxes

Mexico’s peso-per-liter tax on sugar-sweetened beverages enacted in 2014 continues to affect sales of those beverages in the second year of the tax, show results from GFRP research, published in Health Affairs. The impact of the tax is important information about how taxes on foods or beverages affect consumer behavior, especially over a sustained period of […]

Evaluation of Mexico’s Tax on Nonessential Energy-Dense Foods shows Decline in Purchases

A new study done with collaboration between Global Food Research Program at UNC & Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health (INSP) has found that after the ‘junk food tax’ was enacted in Mexico in January 2014 household purchases of the taxed food items decreased. There was a 5.1% decrease in amount of taxed foods in […]

Study finds Mexico’s sugar-sweetened beverage tax reduced purchases of sugary drinks

The first comprehensive peer reviewed study to examine the immediate effects of Mexico’s new tax on sugar sweetened beverages was published in The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) in January 2016. The full study is available online. Researchers from the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP), the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of […]

Purchases of taxed beverages decline in Mexico after excise tax takes effect

The UNC Food Research Program and the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública have estimated changes in household purchases of beverages over the complete year of 2014, since the one peso per liter excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages took effect (January 1, 2014).The tax of approximately 10 percent applies to nondairy and non-alcoholic beverages with added […]

Study by Dalia Stern highlights impact of Caloric Beverages in Mexico

A new study by Dalia Stern found that caloric beverages were a main source of energy (calories) for children and adults in Mexico between 1999-2012. The study was first published online in The Journal of Nutrition April 17, and findings are being highlighted by the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Mexico has some of […]