War on sugar: What other countries are doing

Malaysia: Asia's fattest nation needs to do more than tax sugar

Response to the sugar tax in Malaysia has been mixed, with some doubting it will change people's unhealthy dietary habits.
Response to the sugar tax in Malaysia has been mixed, with some doubting it will change people's unhealthy dietary habits.ST PHOTO: TRINNA LEONG

In a bid to curb obesity in Malaysia, the government has opted for a sugar tax to be implemented in April this year.

With nearly half of its population obese, Malaysia is known as Asia's fattest country. The Pakatan Harapan administration believes that taxing soft drinks and juices with high sugar content would help ease the problem.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'Malaysia: Asia's fattest nation needs to do more than tax sugar'. Print Edition | Subscribe