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.
- Response to PHE’s Sugar Reduction Progress Report
- Statement: The introduction of the ‘sugar tax’
- Statement: NHS action on sugar pays dividends as hospitals slash unhealthy food and drink sales
- Warning over blueberry muffin hidden sugar content – with leading brands containing up to 10 teaspoons of sugar; more than a can of Coke
- PHE plans to cut calorie consumption: OHA comment