19 OCT 2015

'Sugar Tax'

I know that the Government currently has no plans to introduce a 'sugar tax'. The Government is committed to reducing obesity in the UK and its impact on public health.

Tackling childhood obesity is a major priority for this Government. The levels of overweight and obese children is concerning. The causes of obesity are complex, and can be caused by a number of dietary, lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors and addressing it will require a comprehensive and broad approach. Plans for tackling childhood obesity will be announced in the coming months.

I do not think a sugar tax is the right way forward however. It is better to encourage people to take exercise and provide education on healthy eating choices.

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