Barbados doubles sugar taxes to fight disease


Sugary drinks are a major driver of the global epidemic of chronic conditions like obesity and diabetes. Barbados is among the countries that is reducing the consumption of these health-harming beverages while generating public funds.

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) like sodas, juice drinks, and energy and sports drinks have been singled out by many studies as a major driver of the obesity epidemic and the tide of chronic diseases – like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease – that has accompanied it.