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Tax Fizzy Drinks And Ban Junk Food Ads, Say UK Doctors

18/02/2013

 

Tax Fizzy Drinks And Ban Junk Food Ads, Say UK Doctors

Fizzy drinks should be heavily taxed and junk food adverts banished until after the watershed, doctors have said, in a call for action over obesity.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents nearly every doctor in the UK, said ballooning waistlines already constituted a “huge crisis”. Its report said current measures were failing and called for unhealthy foods to be treated more like cigarettes.

Its recommendations include:

A ban on advertising foods high in saturated fat, sugar and salt before 9pm
Further taxes on sugary drinks to increase prices by at least 20%
A reduction in fast food outlets near schools and leisure centres
A £100m budget for interventions such as weight-loss surgery
No junk food or vending machines in hospitals, where all food must meet the same nutritional standards as in schools
Food labels to include calorie information for children

Source: BBC

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