B4387 - Sweet child o mine a cohort-based study on adolescents body mass index and the introduction of duties on soft drinks - 21/08/2023

B number: 
Principal applicant name: 
Andrea Piano Mortari | University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)
Ana Gonçalves Soares, PhD, Francesca Marazzi, PhD, Prof. Vincenzo Atella, Prof. Federico Belotti, Matilde Giaccherini, PhD
Title of project: 
Sweet child o' mine: a cohort-based study on adolescents’ body mass index and the introduction of duties on soft drinks
Proposal summary: 

Our project aims to analyse the health consequences of the soda duty introduced in Finland in 1994. In particular, we aim to analyse whether the duty caused a change in kids’ height, weight, BMI and probability of being overweight or obese. We study the effect on the health outcomes of Finnish kids using the 1986 Northern Finland Birth Cohort (NFBC1986 hereafter) and would like to use data of the ALSPAC participants for comparison, given that they were born in a similar period but were not subject to the tax.

Impact of research: 
We aim to inform policymakers about the (un)effectiveness in terms of health consequences of soda and sugar taxes. As a matter of fact, the few studies analysing the health effects of such measures, which are still widely used, often find a null effect on BMI and obesity reduction in children. We plan to disseminate the results at international conferences and in the LongITools and EHEN gatherings.
Date proposal received: 
Wednesday, 2 August, 2023
Date proposal approved: 
Monday, 14 August, 2023
Health Economics, Obesity, Statistical methods, Econometric models, multivariate regressions, BMI, Environment - enviromental exposure, pollution, Mothers - maternal age, menopause, obstetrics, Social science, Policy evaluation