Doctors demand a soft drink tax

Nearly all Britain's doctors want an increase in the price of fizzy drinks of around 20% to help tackle obesity. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is also calling for a crackdown in fast food restaurants close to schools.

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Government: Fizzy drink tax 'not the silver bullet'

Health minister Dr Dan Poulter has insisted that increasing the price of fizzy drinks is not the "silver bullet" to tackling obesity.

He told ITV News: "We already have VAT on fizzy drinks and that applies to fizzy drinks and doesn't apply to other foods, so I don't think that's the silver bullet that's going to make the difference."

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