”Hike tax on processed food with high salt, sugar content”

The government should consider taxing food products which are high in sugar, fat and salt so as to encourage people towards a healthier diet, World Health Organisation (WHO) Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said here on Friday.

Delivering the first Dr. C. Gopalan Memorial Lecture at the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), she said: “The co-existence of overweight and obesity along with stunting is the new nutrition reality that we need to address urgently.”

According to her, the new reality is that undernutrition and deficiencies, overweight and obesity are the problems that exist in low and high income countries.

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