The British Medical Association Versus the Food and Drink Federation

In an effort to slow down the obesity epidemic in Great Britain, the British Medical Association last week called for a 20 percent sugar tax. They estimate that a 20 per cent tax would reduce the prevalence of obesity in the UK of 1.3 per cent – or by 180,000 people, particularly younger age people. This would result in lives being saved.

In a crazy twist, the British Food and Drink Federation argued against the tax, claiming it would hit the poor families the hardest. The absurdity of this argument lies in the acknowledgement that poorer people would apparently gain the most by taking in less of the costly high sugar drinks that are devoid of nutrition.

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