A report for the Ministry of Health (NZ)
30 Jan 2018

This report provides an assessment of the evidence for sugar taxes as a fiscal instrument to improve health. Forty-seven peer-reviewed studies and working papers published in the last five years were reviewed, summarised and assessed for key methodological issues.

Policy report

22 Jan 2018

Does a case exist for a sugar tax? That is the question this report seeks to answer by reviewing the evidence of previous studies. It asks if a sugar tax, in reality a soda tax, will accomplish what it sets out to achieve - making...

Journal article

21 Nov 2017

This article asserts that even back in the 1960s, the U.S sugar industry was covering up evidence of the harmful effects of sugar.

Journal article

15 Apr 2017

Aquatic and recreation centres largely identify themselves as health-promoting settings, although they have been described as ‘obesogenic’ environments for children in Canada and the UK.

Journal article

27 Feb 2017

To examine demographic and behavioural correlates of high consumption of soft drinks (non-alcoholic sugar-sweetened carbonated drinks excluding energy drinks) among Australian adolescents and to explore the associations between high consumption and soft drink perceptions and accessibility.

Cross-sectional self-completion survey and height and weight measurements....


30 Aug 2016

Sugar and health is a topic that is surrounded by mixed messages in the New Zealand media. This summary of the current evidence sets out to remove some of the confusion around sugars in food, sugar intake, how sugars are processed in the body, and...


27 Mar 2014

Background: Chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, gout and cardiovascular disease have higher prevalence among Pacific Islanders than any other ethnicity in New Zealand. Increasing evidence has shown a link between increased fructose consumption and these diseases. However measuring dietary sugar intakes in...


19 Mar 2014

Background: Sugar intakes have increased worldwide in parallel with the obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease epidemics indicating that sugar may be partly responsible. In New Zealand (NZ) the prevalence of these conditions are higher in the Pacific Island population than in the general population. Thus...


7 Jul 2005

Background: Evidence linking fructose intakes to gout, type 2 diabetes and obesity is growing. This is of particular interest in Pacific people who have higher rates of these diseases compared to other ethnic groups in New Zealand. Research to examine the links between sugar and...



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