Since my feature in February’s issue of Hearts & Wallets, a landmark moment has happened in the global campaign against childhood obesity and diet-related disease. The British Chancellor’s surprise announcement of a sugary drinks tax back in March was a big shock for everybody, and it marked an incredible step forward. Not only is this tax raising awareness of the damaging effects of sugary drinks on our children’s health, creating funds for sports and breakfast clubs in schools, and forcing sugary drink reformulation in the industry, it’s also symbolic of a G20 government finally saying “enough is enough”.
At last, my government is starting to realise that we can no longer allow businesses to compromise the health of our children. In the UK, kids’ and teenagers’ single largest source of sugar is from sugary sweetened drinks and with one-third of kids overweight or obese, these statistics cannot be taken lightly any more.
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