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:
- Introduce a sugar tax to incentivise healthier food
- Reduce added sugars in food by 40% by 2020
- Reduce fat by 15% in ultra-processed foods by 2020
- Ban junk food companies sponsoring sports
- Ban all forms of targeted marketing of ultra-processed, unhealthy foods and drinks to children
- Limit the availability of ultra-processed foods and sweetened soft drinks as well as reducing portion sizes
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".