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FPH backs BMA call for sugary drinks tax

FPH welcomes the BMA’s call for a 20% duty on sugary drinks. Professor Simon Capewell, Vice President for Policy, said: “"We welcome the BMA’s support for this measure, which FPH calls for in its manifesto for the recent general election.
 
“There is no easy way of tackling obesity: if it were as simple as telling people to eat less and move more, we’d have cracked it by now. This is a complex problem that is not about blaming individuals but about changing our environment to make healthier choices the easier and more affordable choices.
 
"We cannot leave food policy to be controlled by industry: we need the government to take action on obesity, in the way it has done recently to protect children from tobacco smoke in cars. That’s why FPH supports the introduction of a 20% levy on sugary drinks, which have no nutritional value.
 
"This is one of a set of measures that need to be taken, such as having greater controls on advertising and marketing of junk foods to children, domestic science in schools for boys and girls as well as support for local food production including allotments and farmers markets. There are no magic bullets but this is one specific measure for which there is strong evidence for its positive impact on health, and which is needed if we are to give our children and young people the best chances of a healthy future.”

Written: 13/07/2015 , last modified: 17/09/2015

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