Date Published: 24-06-2014

A “sugar tax” should be introduced by the UK government to help curb obesity in childhood, a campaign group says.

Action on Sugar has produced a seven-point plan to discourage children from consuming foods and soft drinks with high levels of added sugar.

The group wants measures brought in to cut added sugar in food by 40% by 2020, to cut fat in foods and to ban sports sponsorship by “junk food” companies.

The Department of Health has said it will consider the recommendations.

Action on Sugar is a group of specialists concerned with sugar and its effects on health. It says one in five 10 to 11-year-olds in the UK are now obese, while one in three are overweight.

The group has produced an action plan for the government following a request for its views from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

SOURCE: bbc.co.uk