The Sugar Tax

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Mention of the Sugar Tax is everywhere at the moment with Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver pushing it into the public eye. Celebrity endorsements are one thing but would a sugar Tax be worthwhile? And what else can be done to reduce our addiction to sugar

Would the Sugar Tax really work?

Public Health England (PHE) certainly seems to think so. In a recent report it states that 12-15% of the diet of the average person in the UK is made up of sugar. Guidelines state that this should actually be less than 5%. The report states that reducing our intake to this level would save the NHS more than £500m per year.

40% of our food budget is spent on promotions and offers. PHE think that raising the price on sugar filled products will reduce the amount of promotions shops can offer and this will in turn reduce average intake. But they admit that that no single measure would be effective. In fact they recommend five key strategies:

  • A sugar tax between 10% and 20%
  • Significantly reducing advertising high sugar food and drink to children
  • Targeting supermarkets and take-away special offers
  • Sugar reduction in everyday food and drink
  • Ensure the sale of healthier foods in hospitals and other public bodies

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The 3-4-50 Framework

It is well known that health is influenced by a wide array of factors including genetics, social circumstances, environmental exposures, health care, and behavioural patterns.  What isn’t as well known is that of those factors behavioural patterns have the single greatest influence on the health of the population at large. This means that health promotion and prevention are the key tools in improving public health. …to read the rest of this article click here »