The British Medical Association (BMA) has said today that imposing a 20p levy on sugary drinks could reduce the prevalence of obesity in the UK by around 180,000 people.
A report warned that poor diet costs the NHS around £6 billion a year meaning it has a greater impact than smoking and alcohol!
A report found that the healthiest diets cost double the price of the least healthy ones with unhealthy foods found to be decreasing in price over time the gap is ever increasing.
The 20p tax suggested on all non-alcoholic water based soft drinks with added sugar including energy drinks, fruit drinks, sports drinks and fruit juice concentrates could subsidies the sale of fruit and vegetables.
We see these products advertised and sponsored everywhere but who is really to blame? Is it because they are so cheap? is is bad education? is it because they are in our face all the time? You tell us in the comments below!
We will be discussing this tonight on The Sports Sandwich from 7pm on 107.3 Stafford FM
Have your vote. Do you think a minimum 20p levy would help reduce obesity in the UK?