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Poll: Do you think a 'sugar tax' should be introduced?

Health experts have urge the Government to consider a 'sugar tax'. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

David Cameron has rejected calls from health experts for a tax on sugary food and drinks, despite a major report saying it could help tackle the country's obesity crisis.

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Children get 'a third of energy calories from soft drinks'

Children's diets are so packed with sugar they are "getting a third of their energy calories from soft drinks," a health expert told Good Morning Britain.

Katharine Jenner from Action On Sugar said steps needed to be taken to reduce sugar intake as "we are all eating much more than recommended - children in particular".

"They are getting about a third of their energy calories from soft drinks. It is completely unnecessary. I think we have got it into our minds that energy and sports drinks mean energy, where as they don't."


Replace fruit juice with water, families told

Water should replace fruit juice on the breakfast table in order to combat obesity, an expert has said.

Fruit juices are contributing to diseases such as type 2 diabetes, advisers say. Credit: J.M. Guyon/Candybox Images

Professor Tom Sanders, from King's College London, called for sugary drinks to be taken out of children's diets and said "kids should be getting their fluid from drinking water".

"We need to reintroduce the habit of people putting a jug of water on the table and drinking water with their food instead of some sort of fruity beverage," he said at a briefing to journalists.

He was backed by fellow nutritionist Professor Susan Jebb, from Oxford University, who said: "I'd prefer to get sugar out of drinks altogether; a shift to low or no calorie drinks, and preferably water."

Cardiologist condemns junk food advertising

Dr Aseem Malhotra, cardiologist and science director of Action on Sugar, said

It is really quite shameful that the food industry continues to spend billions in junk food advertising targeting children, the most vulnerable members of society. They even manage to associate sugary products with sport.

Physical activity has a multitude of benefits but a child doing an hour of PE every day would be putting all to waste if they ended up gorging on a burger and chips and a packet of crisps washed down with a sugary drink.

One has to run half a marathon to burn off those calories. It's time to bust the myth of physical activity and obesity and dissociate junk food and sport.

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