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Indonesia and Malaysia follow Singapore's lead in tackling obesity

But doubts raised over role of sugar tax in curbing diabetes

A tirade against sugar-laden soft drinks by Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong resulted in seven beverage makers, including Coca-Cola, committing to limit the sugar content of soda sold in the city-state.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- As concerns grow about rising obesity in Southeast Asia, Indonesia will introduce legislation next year aimed at reducing the content of sugar, salt and fat in food.

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