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.
- Statement: Latest Millennium Cohort Study finds one in five young people obese at age 14
- Statement: OECD data shows the UK has the highest obesity rate in Europe
- Scotland’s New Obesity and Diet Strategy
- National Childhood Obesity Data: The Same Devastating Story
- Press release: Health costs of obesity soaring as junk food companies pour millions into advertising