In his latest budget announcement Chancellor George Osbourne declared a sugar tax on soft drinks in a bid to tackle obesity and reduce the strain on NHS resources. Charges will be imposed on drinks depending on the level of sugar they contain, particularly targeting fizzy drinks. Pure fruit juices and milk-based drinks are exempt from the levy and there will be two bands to the tax.
The first band is for drinks that contain above 5g per 100 millilitres, for example, Dr Pepper, Fanta and Sprite, and the higher band is for the drinks that contain more than 8g per millilitres such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and Lucozade.
This move has been heralded by campaigners as a massive step towards tackling childhood obesity. Additionally, the money that is raised from the tax, estimated to be about £520m, will be spent on funding more sport in primary schools; another avenue to help tackle childhood obesity.
But what are the statistics on childhood obesity?
They do make for a frightening read…
1 in 10 children is obese at the beginning of primary school but that figure rises to 1 in 5 by the end of primary school.
But why is this? Well an unhealthy diet, including high-sugar drinks, is of course a factor, however research has shown that half of seven-year-olds do not do enough exercise. By investing more in primary school sport programmes and decreasing the amount of sugar our children have in their diet, we can tackle this issue head on.
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