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A dissenting voice on sugar taxes from an anthropologist

18 / 06 / 18

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Sarah Fessendon is a lecturer in anthropology from the University of British Colombia, Canada. She wrote an article in The Conversation titled ‘How sugar taxes punish the people’ in which she explores the systemic issues that contribute to poor diet.

She believes making people pay more for food is an unjust reaction that burdens the victim rather than addressing the root problem of an unhealthy food system. She makes some controversial statements including suggesting the lack of motivation for ending chronic disease is because of the business generated because of them. She also recommends policy change that would sit well with most public health advocates: to make healthy, wholefoods more affordable. 

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