Sugar tax would be welcome says GP

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A PORTSMOUTH GP said he welcomes a sugar tax to help tackle the country’s obesity crisis.

A report by Public Health England has been released today and it recommends a 20 per cent sugar tax should be introduced, as well as cutting buy-one-get-one-free deals.

The report also said the nation is ‘eating too much sugar’, which can lead on to many health problems including obesity.

But the government is not keen to bring this in.

Dr Jon Price, practice partner at The Osborne Practice, in Osborne Road, Southsea, said: ‘I think it’s a good idea, but I do have sympathy for the government to implement it and the effect it will have members of the public.

‘A bit like having a minimum alcohol price and stop-smoking indoors, which brought arguments on the rights and wrongs of it.

‘It will take some time for it to come in though I suspect, but it is a good idea.’

The report also called for less marketing aimed at children in-store, on TV and online.

A spokesman for David Cameron said the prime minister did not want to see the introduction of a sugar tax.

People get between 12 and 15 per cent of their energy from sugar, but official recommendations say it should be less than five per cent.

The report says achieving those levels could save the NHS £500m a year, but admitted no single measure would be effective.