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A tax on junk food is the way to fight the childhood obesity crisis


The biggest area to have impact on a child's eating habits is parental action. In my experience, 4 to 5 year olds do not do the shopping or cooking, neither do 10-11 year olds. As such, the responsibility for them being fat is down to parental choice. A child may not like to drink water or sugar-free squash but, if there is nothing else on offer, will. A child may not like to eat vegetables but if no chips are offered, they will. And as for "let's make the rest of us responsible people pay more for our occasional treats due to the negligence of others in their over consumption" - why? Would the next step be that those who drive more per year pay more for their litre of fuel? And where does the tax go? If it went to proper educational programs for parents which showed genuine improvements, then I would be more accepting but if, on the other hand, they simply disappear in to the coffers in Westminster, then No, thank you. There is food for thought in the article but people are fat because of an imbalance between what they eat and what they burn off. It may be that a metabolic abnormality or physical incapacity means one is unable to burn calories as quickly - fine, eat less, because you clearly don't need them. Otherwise, get off your sofa and get moving

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7 FEB 2015

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