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Fizzy drinks tax 'to cut obesity'

Health experts have called for a 20% tax on sugary drinks, which they claim would reduce the number of overweight or obese people in the UK by 285,000 over the next decade.

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Sugary drinks tax 'would impact overweight young'

Doctors who have called on the Government to introduce a 20% tax on sugary drinks say 16 to 29-year-olds consume the most sugary drinks - an average of 300ml per day, compared to 60ml among those aged over 50.

Younger adults and children consume much greater quantities of sugary drinks.

This is a concern for their health, not only in terms of diabetes and obesity, but also tooth decay.

Our work suggests that a sugary drinks tax would have a much greater impact in terms of reducing obesity in younger adults.

– Dr Oliver Mytton, Oxford University

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