British Doctors Demand 20% Tax on 'Sugary Drinks' to Fight Britain's Obesity

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  July 14, 2015 at 4:26 PM Obesity News   - G J E 4
Current dietary recommendations in Britain suggest that sugar added to food or naturally present in fruit juice and honey should account for 10% of energy intake. However, many people fail to meet that. The British Medical Association (BMA) estimates that poor diets cause 70,000 premature deaths every year. British doctors are urging for an extra 20% tax on sugar-based drinks to fight the country's rising obesity epidemic.
 British Doctors Demand 20% Tax on 'Sugary Drinks' to Fight Britain's Obesity
British Doctors Demand 20% Tax on 'Sugary Drinks' to Fight Britain's Obesity

Doctors said that a tax of at least 20% is needed to deter customers which would amount a two-liter bottle to shoot up from 1.85 pounds (about $2) to 2.22 pounds (about $3). The study suggests, "The extra revenue should be used to make fruit and vegetables cheaper so that we create an environment where dietary choices default to healthy options."

BMA doctor Shree Datta said, "I think it is a massive problem illustrated by the fact that obesity is increasing. We're looking at 30% of the Britain's population being obese by the year 2030, a large extent of that is due to the amount of sugar we're actually consuming without realizing."

Source: IANS

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Sugary drinks do not actually benefit anyone and therefore, they are a huge problem to tackle with and this tax would help curb the consumption of sugary drinks, so its a positive move. When i was obese, my daily diet used to contain a lot of soda and sugary drinks and that is what led me to gain a lot of weight as well. Thankfully, I found the diet of lisa plog and was able to lose 22 pounds. It helped me cutback entirely on sugary drinks and it is very easy to adopt as well. It is important to limit the intake of calories, if you really want to lose weight.
lillian45 Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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