A sugar tax may have to be introduced to curb obesity rates, the chief medical officer for England has said.
We’d like to congratulate Dame Sally Davies for coming out in support of a tax on sugar. This is what a large number of medical authorities, other health professionals, charities and support groups have been calling for, for some time - and it's very refreshing that someone of her seniority and influence is showing that she is willing to stand up to the food and drinks industry on this. The excessive consumption of sugar has become a major public health issue. The evidence is now very clear that our over-consumption of sugar is a significant contributor to the current epidemics of both physical and mental health disorders.
One of the world's leading experts on childhood obesity - Professor Robert Lustig MD of USA - has long argued that sugar is both addictive and toxic when consumed chronically at high doses. This is why sugar is being called 'the new tobacco', and when something is both addictive and toxic, there is a clear case for government regulation - as with both alcohol and tobacco.
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