Tuesday, 22 March 2016

A sugar tax is the bitter pill that is needed

Last week the Chancellor announced a levy on soft drinks made with sugar, with the revenue raised used to fund PE and sports in primary schools. The BMA suggested that the extra revenue – would amount to 13p on each can and 37p on each two-litre bottle of fizzy drink sold – should be used to make fruit and vegetables cheaper. Dr. Gail Rees, our Nutrition Lecturer (and Deputy Head of School), has been arguing that these are sensible suggestions because obesity – directly and indirectly – is a concern for us all. You can read more about the debate in the article carried by Reuters.