Professor Dame Sally Davies said the Government will fail to halve childhood obesity unless it takes bolder action.Read the full story ›
The Government and health campaigners hope the new measure will cut rising obesity rates in Britain.Read the full story ›
Analysts Mintel found it is likely to have an effect on 47% of consumers, with that figure rising to 53% of 16 to 34-year-olds.Read the full story ›
The levy, due to be introduced in April 2018, could result in 144,000 fewer adults and children being obese.Read the full story ›
The 'sugar tax' outlined in Chancellor George Osborne's March budget will "hit the poor the hardest", critics claim.Read the full story ›
Shares in listed drinks firms dropped sharply on the London stock market after the sugar tax announcement in George Osborne's Budget.
Irn Bru maker AG Barr, which also makes Tizer and St Clement's, fell 4%, while Robinsons squash firm Britvic fell 2% and Vimto maker Nichols dropped as much as 7%.
The tax will be levied against firms that produce sugar-sweetened drinks and brought in in two years' time to give them a chance to drive down their sugar content.
Mr Osborne said some firms "may choose to pass the price onto consumers and that will be their decision, and this would have an impact on consumption too."
A 20% tax could prevent 3.7 million cases of obesity in the UK over the next decade according to a report from leading health charities.Read the full story ›
The Tonight programme investigates the obesity crisis in the UK, including a survey for the programme on public attitudes to the sugar tax.Read the full story ›
Being overweight or obese is in danger of becoming seen as normal, the Chief Medical Officer for England has warned.
Dame Sally Davies said she was "increasingly concerned that society may be normalising being overweight".
Her annual report on the state of the nation's health said excessive consumption of sugar, particularly in soft drinks, was one of the factors behind rising obesity.
Dame Sally is calling on food and drink manufacturers to tweak their products so they have less added sugar.
She also said a 'sugar tax' may need to be considered if the industry's efforts to make products healthier are not successful.