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Should A 'Fat' Tax Be Added To Fizzy Drinks?

Wednesday May 16 2012


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HEALTH experts are asking the government to put a 20 per cent 'fat tax' on soft drinks and unhealthy food in a bid to cut obesity.

Dr Oliver Mytton and Dr Mike Rayner of the Department of Public Health at Oxford have told the government that an extra 20 per cent whacked on to soft drinks could lead to a drop in obesity-related diseases.

Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition said a ten per cent ‘fat tax’ would reduce sales of sugary drinks and encourage consumers to swap to healthier alternatives.

What do you think? Would a 'fat tax' work? Or should the campaigners leave well alone? Have your say by commenting in the box below.

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Reply Posted by mark on Wednesday May 16 2012 at 11:30
why dont they tax us on the air we breath as well,bloody stupid.

Reply Posted by Jo Hague on Wednesday May 16 2012 at 11:37
Foods are not inherently
unhealthy, but too much of anything can be. Fresh fruit juice for
example has loads of sugar in it and high levels of acid that attack
tooth enamel. Don't regulate - educate!

Reply Posted by Anorack on Wednesday May 16 2012 at 11:39
Everyone has a choice. I know I don't chose to eat this kind of rubbish. But I don't think putting a tax on it will convert people. They are already set in their ways. Instead of adding tax to food and drink maybe the government should introduce a scheme that educates people correctly on diet an exercise?

Reply Posted by anorak on Wednesday May 16 2012 at 12:38
Everyone has a choice. I know I don't chose to eat this kind of rubbish. But I don't think putting a tax on it will convert people. They are already set in their ways. Instead of adding tax to food and drink maybe the government should introduce a scheme that educates people correctly on diet an exercise?

Reply Posted by Deon Ward on Wednesday May 16 2012 at 13:03
I just think the whole food market need a new pricing range. Its come to some thing when a shop can sell beer cheaper than my water company can sell me water ( but is only supply and demand) or when it cost  8 quid for a free range chicken from UK and 3 quid for a battery farm chicken from Brazil. Free range doesn't mean luxury, It just means its free to walk around live a happy normal life. Freedom doesn't make something cost more the clue is in the name FREErange it hasn't cost the supplier more to raise them. Same with raw products like wheat, sugar and veg cost less in a processed or oil form than the raw product. Again how can something that has grown from the earth be worth more that the same product that has been processed by people or machinery then delivered to it destination. It doesn't !!!!!!!!!!, Most company's sell these products at a loss (veg, meat and fish that's been processed or done 1000's of air miles. Where do you think they recoup these costs ??? BINGO !!!! The free ranged, the raw products and the local produce. Only the consumers can put the pressures on to change this. But we wont. We will just carry on been sheeple and getting flocked

Reply Posted by jim on Wednesday May 16 2012 at 20:40
obesity costs the NHS ( and us) about 6 billion pounds a year. It can generally be avoided by eating a healthy diet and staying fit. There needs to be a widespread campaign to raise awareness and a wholesale shift in the way society looks at food. I would suggest a move towards a vegetarian or vegan diet for most people would eliminate this problem entirely. The marketing of caffeine and energy drinks to children should be of particular concern.An age limit on these of over 18 would be a positive move.

Reply Posted by Kassastar on Wednesday May 16 2012 at 22:09
why dont they try to make the healthy food cheaper then we could all afford to eat better!!!!  Next we will all be on nettle soup and grass x bet they end up putting a tax on that too!!

Reply Posted by Baz on Wednesday May 16 2012 at 22:39
Well they put the price of cigs up which ruined my lunch hour cigarette and bag of grapes - now I can only afford the ciggies, now they are ruining my break by making sure I can't afford the apple I used to buy with my can of fizzy drink

Reply Posted by Jacqui2509 on Thursday May 17 2012 at 17:56
they should make healthier alternatives cheaper instead. More often than not it is cheaper to buy chocolate than fruit but putting prices up wont mean people will go onto healthier foods if thet still cant afford them.

Reply Posted by Kerrie cotney on Thursday May 17 2012 at 18:29
They should make healthy foods like fruit veg pork beef weight watches stuff quarn stuff cheaper and make unhealthy foods like chocolate crisps biscuits pizza burgers cakes ect dearer

Reply Posted by Kerrie cotney on Thursday May 17 2012 at 18:29
They should make healthy foods like fruit veg pork beef weight watches stuff quarn stuff cheaper and make unhealthy foods like chocolate crisps biscuits pizza burgers cakes ect dearer

Reply Posted by yorkytyke on Thursday May 17 2012 at 21:03
They should put 20% tax on unhealthy food and make fruit and veg tax free . But these robbers in government  at the moment will just put the 20% on food and won,t reduce anything.

Reply Posted by Someone who's annoyed... on Friday May 18 2012 at 22:07
Fat Tax - I've never heard something so ridiculous.  The Government will do anything to rob us. No wonder so many people are emigrating; it's on the top of my list! This country is a sham!

Reply Posted by This_is_why_you_cant_sleep on Friday May 18 2012 at 22:56
They will. Apparently scientists have said that Corbon dioxide is fattening and there is bucket loads of that in the air. So with this fat tax they will "have" to tax the air too.

Reply Posted by Crazymichael on Tuesday May 22 2012 at 01:03
Ive drunk pop like a tank for 22 years and im still thin food has more fat than drink and everybody drinks pop so if kids are gonna go in pubs with there parents and theres tax on pop people wont pay it

Reply Posted by cazzy on Friday July 6 2012 at 16:23
If thier going to put tax on fizzy drinks to cut dwn fatties then why dnt they put a tax on all fatnin and unhealthy food and drink,but bring the price of fruit,veg,ect dwn then people might b encouraged to eat healthy thats my opinion.

Reply Posted by king louis on Monday July 23 2012 at 04:07
it's simply to find a new tax, the thin end of the wedge to open the door to anything having another tax levied on it. VAT was introduced at a low % to tax X items such as major luxury purchases. Now this government has increased VAT to 20% and it includes everything even down to the cake that we eat...so they will soon tax the already taxed cake when we all fall for their latest TAX scam