Medical doctor Wannee Nitiyanan said yesterday (March 7, 2021) that a large consumption of sugar is one of the leading causes of death and disease burdens in Thailand.
According to the doctor, a high consumption of sugar is partly responsible for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that are by definition non-infectious and non-transmissible among people.
These diseases are liver cancer, fatty liver, clogging of brain and heart arteries, and non-communicable diseases, which are the leading causes of death and disease burdens worldwide.
Right now, 70 percent of deaths among Thais are caused by NCDs. The Thai government has spent around 400,000-500,000 million baht a year on this problem.
For this reason, attempts have been made to increase taxes on high-sugar drinks every two years.