Monthly Archives: November 2016

Mexico’s Tax on Sugary Drinks Lowers Sales by 12%

Yes, taxes on soda work: “researchers estimate that Mexico’s 10% tax on soda and other sugary drinks will prevent about 189,300 new cases of Type 2 diabetes, 20,400 strokes and heart attacks, and 18,900 premature deaths over 10 years”. Melissa Healy for the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ballot initiatives in California and Colorado are set to join other United States cities including Philadelphia and Berkeley in setting new taxes on the sugary drinks.

With obesity rising unabated, these taxes may do what we can’t do for ourselves.


More Proof That Sleep Debt Makes Us Fat

Poor sleep can lead to a big appetite.

A new analysis in in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that  restricted sleep of about 4 hours made participants in a small study eat an average of 385 calories more the next day. More fat and lesss protein were consumed.

Sleep debt leads to all sorts of physical changes that favor weight gain. These changes can increase calorie intake, as in a post-flight feeding frenzy, or reduce energy output or even do both.

See Chapter 10: Snooze, You Lose Weight: Sleep and Obesity in Globesity: Ten Things You Didn’t Know Were Making You fat.