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POLL: Do you think a sugar tax would help reduce childhood obesity?

By The Sentinel  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

Child eating a sugar doughnut

Could a sugar tax help curb obesity?

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Action on Sugar have called for sugar tax to help reduce childhood obesity. The health group suggest that the UK government should introduce this to discourage children from buying products with high levels of added sugar.

Their seven-point plan includes the following points:

The Department of Health say they will consider the plans and Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England, previously said: "research will find sugar is addictive", and that "we may need to introduce a sugar tax".

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  • Darrion  |  June 26 2014, 5:58PM

    What's with the obnoxiously bad mannered child with a doughnut crammed in his face pic all about? Run a serious survey else keep your own opinions neutral please Sentinel.

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  • beenie57  |  June 26 2014, 4:21PM

    I had to sit next to a sweaty porker on the plane for nearly 4 hrs last week, not a pleasant experience.

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  • Antonsm8  |  June 26 2014, 3:54PM

    The answer lies in better education by the responsible adults. Fatties take up too much space, far more space than they are entitled to, they are revolting, squelching about when their body temperature rises among the many revolting layers of flab where the air is unable to circulate. I suppose they could be used as a cheap alternative to road humps, that would flatten them a little, squash em down to size a bit. Why can't they educate themselves on sensible diet and exercise - what is so hard to understand about something so obvious?? Obesity is not an illness and laziness is not a disability so what exactly is the problem here, have they no brain - or has that been suffocated by fat as well.

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  • Booboobunny  |  June 26 2014, 3:41PM

    Well said hardship; extra wide ambulances having to be made, reinforced stretchers having to be made, wider entrances and wider staircases having to be made, its ridiculous. Resources would be better spent on educating the bloaters. Self-awareness, Q. no.1 - Why do you think you are so out of proportion? 2) Are you that stupid you don't know what you're shoving down your already bloated pulp? 3) Are you aware that being obese is what is probably causing you most of your other health problems? 4) Are you aware that wasted resources have to be spent on you because you are too lazy to educate yourself in common-sense? etc etc etc etc etc etc. I suppose these questions would apply to other things as well, but why should people who are a proportionate size have to be made to feel nauseous every which way they look? On public transport they take up more than 1 seat, on airplanes they have to book 2 seats or at best ask for an extended seat belt. I mean, would the obese spill-out if you stuck a pin in them or would you just lose the pin? And I wouldn't mind betting that some of those obese out there are the ones who think they're so perfect they are entitled to bash every body else. They should take a look in the mirror if they can find one wide enough.

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  • longtom  |  June 26 2014, 1:58PM

    "Do you think a sugar tax would help reduce childhood obesity?"...... no, the answer is better parenting. Hardship : You are absolutely right with your comment obesity is not an illness, I`ve actually heard one porker saying " I have got obesity " !!

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  • hardship  |  June 26 2014, 10:12AM

    Again, those who know best are dictating to the citizens. Everyone knows that fast food, processed food, cakes, crisps, beer and cigarettes are bad for our health, but please allow us the choice to kill ourselves if we so choose. I would be very interested to see data in relation the BMI's of those using foodbanks. This is a wonderful country, full of opportunity for those who want to it. Those who choose to eat themselves to an early grave have personal responsibility, obesity is not an illness!

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