The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges welcomes The Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement of a a tax on sugary drinks.

It called for just such a move in its Measuring Up report published in 2013. Excessive consumption of sugary soft drinks has long been known to be a significant contributor to the the growing levels of obesity in the UK.

Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said,

‘The Government should be congratulated on taking this step. We hope it will make a particular impact on the young who tend to consume overly sweet drinks. We are facing an epidemic of obesity and while this measure won’t solve that completely, it is certainly a good starting point.’

 

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