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20% tax for sugary drinks

20% tax for sugary drinks

Doctors have warned that sugary drinks should be taxed by an extra 20%, to tackle the obesity crisis hitting the UK.

Most soft drinks and confectionary are already taxed at this rate, but the extra should help to deter families, as it is estimated that poor diets are causing around 70,000 deaths a year.

Dr Shree Datta, from the British Medical Association, talking to the BBC said: "I think it is a massive problem illustrated by the fact obesity is creeping up. The biggest problem is a lot of us are unaware of the amount of sugar we are consuming on a day-today- basis."

Sugar added to food or naturally present in fruit juice and honey should account for 5% of energy intake.


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