The soft drinks industry levy will save money tomorrow by helping to tackle children’s obesity today. Sugary soft drinks have no nutritional value and are the single biggest contributor to a child’s sugar intake, and high consumption of sugar is one of the factors fuelling the obesity crisis. A third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, putting them at a greater risk of serious health conditions later in life such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart and liver disease and associated mental health problems. These conditions place an immense toll on our nation’s health and our already-stretched health service. The levy has huge potential help tackle obesity and save the NHS money.
- OHA statement in response to the Food and Drink Federation’s comments about not being able to meet 20% sugar reduction targets.
- OHA response to Soft Drinks Industry Levy rates announced in Spring Budget Statement
- OHA response to report on price and unhealthy food consumption
- OHA response to BMJ review linking obesity to some types of cancer
- Press release: Children consuming equivalent of 20 chocolate chip biscuits a day in sugar, as food and drink industry urged to reduce sugar