Sugary drinks could be taxed

29 January

Drinks that have a high concentration of sugar could be subject to a new tax, if the authors of a new report have their way.

The study, led by the charity Sustain, suggests that money made from such a tax should then be invested in promoting healthier lifestyles for children.

A total of 60 organisations have backed the proposal, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Association for the Study of Obesity, Friends of the Earth, the National Heart Forum and the Royal Society for Public Health.

It is accepted that sugary drinks can lead to children being overweight or obese if the calorie consumption is not burnt off.

"Sugar-laden drinks are mini-health time bombs, contributing to dental diseases, obesity and a host of life-threatening illnesses which cost the NHS billions each year," said Charlie Powell, campaign’s director for Sustain.

"We are delighted that so many organisations want to challenge the government to show it has a public health backbone by including a sugary drinks duty in Budget 2013."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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