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WHO backs British campaign for a 'sugar tax' on sweet drinks

Saturday, January 30th 2016 - 11:11 UTC
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In a new report on rising childhood obesity, the World Health Organization (WHO) has backed the British campaign for a “sugar tax” on sweet drinks. There is “strong evidence” that a sugar tax will work alongside two other measures to tackle childhood obesity: a ban on the sale of unhealthy food by schools, and a crackdown on the marketing of junk food to children, the report states. Read full article


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  • Brasileiro

    The Saxons of the mother country were acculturated by the Saxons of America.


    All fat and lazy.

    Jan 30th, 2016 - 11:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    You should see all the fat slobs in Argentina. They seem to grow larger each visit tobi.

    Jan 30th, 2016 - 12:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DennisA

    “It is well established that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with an increased risk of obesity.”

    It is? Where is the scientific proof ?

    Jan 30th, 2016 - 02:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1. Explain Guanabara Bay.

    Jan 30th, 2016 - 02:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Osborne, and his bestist mate the Canuck, have fucked the economy up and are desperately in need of cash, it's just another tax wheeze.

    Jan 30th, 2016 - 05:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    its just more money for government coffers.

    Jan 30th, 2016 - 08:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    British seem to love living in a Nanny State.
    Every year they lose a bit of their freedom of choice

    Jan 30th, 2016 - 08:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Well, we hope to end all that when the referendum on the thieving corrupt European union gets here.

    Jan 30th, 2016 - 08:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    It wouldn't hurt the Yanks to drink a little less sugar filled drinks....
    In florida I picked up a 64 oz cup for refills at a service station...
    I could not believe the size of it...
    Then I looked at the size of the people using them...
    and thought...yeah that figures...

    Jan 30th, 2016 - 11:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Yet you choose the 64 Oz and not the small one? Of course, just for a posted comment. Remember Mexico is number one for fat fucks.

    Jan 30th, 2016 - 11:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    I didn't say I chose it Pops...
    I said I picked it up...and couldn't believe the size of it, never seen anything like it...
    You know what it's like Pops...about four or five different coffee machines and every imaginable soda you could dream of....all in a service station and costing peanuts to fill...cheaper if you have your own cup...
    I got French Vanilla coffee instead....

    Jan 30th, 2016 - 11:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy
    Far-right demonstrators and anti-racism protesters clashed in Dover with bricks, hammers, glass and other projectiles being thrown between the two opposing sides.

    Told ya this was going to start happening.....

    BTW there's plenty of fat people in the UK. You don't have to come here to see them.

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 12:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    There certainly is...and it doesn't harm to dissuade them from getting fatter by increasing the tax on sugar drinks...
    ...seemed to work on cigarettes....I see a lot of smokers Vaping now...

    yeah violence...and not a single shot fired...

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 12:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Taxes had nothing to do with why people stopped smoking.
    I am pretty sure the link to lung cancer and the huge amount of propaganda that lowered the smoking rate.

    Riots are riots whether there were guns involved is irrelevant.

    Too bad the cheese eating surrender monkeys didn't have some when the Muslims were executing them in public.
    I hear there's plenty of guns around France now though.
    Seems almost like they're under martial law.

    Don't think the UK is immune.
    It's just starting.

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 01:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    You really don't know much about the around 12 dollars a packet and rising, it is a big contributor....
    Combine that with all the bans...also by the Govt...
    In commercial vehicles....
    own vehicles when there are passengers....
    Public houses...
    Basically everywhere there is public...

    Also anyone citing a National Front rally/demonstration as a reflection of Public opinion in the UK....doesn't know much about the UK...
    National it for the trouble...for the fight...always have..always will...

    There has always been plenty of guns around France and anywhere on the continent...they move freely across the EU...

    Not so freely to the Island Fortress though....
    Safest place in Europe...

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 10:04 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    That demo in Dover was no worse than a Saturday night in Glasgow. A sugar tax is said to disadvantage the poor. I cant understand that as they can easily buy low calorie equivalents for a similar price? It would be simple to apply VAT to sugary drinks, biscuits etc and sugar itself imposing a 20% price increase as a disuader.

    Huge drinks and massive portions are an American phenomenon. We carry a spare cup in the car and split a single service staion medium coffee between us, saving money in the process.

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 12:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    No I don't know much about the UK. I really don't care about it. I think you've basically gone down the EU road too long and have ruined yourself as a society.

    You've got a liberal head of gov't that calls himself conservative although I don't know who'd be dumb enough to believe it.

    I am just pointing out that you will see a marked increase in civil unrest due to immigration and I think a sense that the gov't isn't listening to the people.

    It is and will continue all over the EU and UK
    and this is just the beginning.

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 12:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    I'm not going to get into a tit for tat about the UK versus Yankeeland as I do like Yanks and the States...
    Your man Trump is doing a fair old job of inciting racial hatred...
    Mexicans as rapists, murderers and drug dealers and Muslims as terrorists....
    You will reap what you sow...
    It's no different from that other Republican spread of McCarthyism...against Commies...
    Cameron is not a liberal, he is the epitome of a true blue...he is confined by PC....
    No UK politician would have much of a political future if they followed in Trumps footsteps...
    Nowadays that line is political suicide...
    I'm not saying that civil unrest will not continue...but it will be dealt with in a mature British way and not an immature lever to gain political power....

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 02:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    The only immigrant route to the US is the Mexican border, thats why Mr Trump wants to close it. Its a route that can be followed by peopke from all over South and Central America. America is well insulated from migrants. However America has suffered from class divisions based on colour for a long long time and it seems to be getting worse. So dont be so smug YB, we read your news too.

    Europes Shengen treaty has proved a flawed policy in discouraging migrants from the W Bush middle eastern wars and beyond. Europe is at last waking up to the threat to stability caused by migration. In Germany particularly you are at a big disadvantage if you are not white.

    Whats this got to do with a sugar tax?

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 02:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    The racial division started with Odumbo. He has vilified “the other” the whole time he has been in office. Deliberately driving one part of the Society against the other to use as wedge to get his failed policies through.

    Trump is merely saying what everyone is thinking.

    You clearly don't understand our politics and read liberal rags that often misquote and take out of context what he (and other Repubs) actually are saying.
    What he was trying to get across is there's lots of illegals in the USA creating all of kinds of crime that have no right to be here.
    Seal the border and send them home

    All terrorists are Muslims but all Muslims aren't terrorists.
    Get the difference?
    We don't want them here, they have no right to come here and most of the USA agrees

    BTW GW Bush has been gone almost a decade, you can put the Mid East mess on Odumbo. He's created another disaster there just like Carter.
    His actions may be the start of a war between Turkey and Russia
    Which will drag us all in

    Foreigners are usually wrong about everything.
    Like their support of Odumbo.
    60-65% of Americans think were on the wrong track.
    And they're right
    We will self correct
    I am sure of it

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 02:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Will it? I doubt it. You are rats and rats only think of getting fat.
    My standard of living! My consumption! My card! My shirt! Oh, I am happy, I have all this and more that.

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 03:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    YB, have you heard of George Wallace, the KKK, your Civil War and what that was about. You are suffering from selective amnesia!

    I have many American friends who are mostly well educated Democrats, although some are gun toting Republicans. You are correct that outsiders dont understand American politics. It seems to be driven mostly by money and the evil actions of lobbyists and large corporations. The TV ads which we see too are patently transparent propaganda aimed at the dumb.
    We totally understand Trump who is aiming at the rednecks and dumb voters just like a nasty little german with a toothbrush moustache and a certain lady from Argentina did more recently. Shift the aim of hate, preoccupy them with a distraction, a tactic that has worked again and again. However there are plenty of bright folks in America who can see right through it. Lets hope they prevail.
    If Trump is the best the Republicans can do God help the planet.

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 04:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Educated Democrats
    Yet gun toting Republicans?

    Your bias is the reason you can't think logically and see the truth.

    Comparing Trump to Hitler makes you look like a fool.

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 04:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Oh no...the discussion is ended....
    Godwin’s Law...
    You can't say have to imply...

    still...I'm guessing someone has been reading this sort of stuff...

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 04:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Voice

    All I said was that he is using the same tactics that both Hitler and CFK used - distracting from vital American issues by stirring up and focussing hate. Only in that way he is like Hitler (so far). If you want to read about the Nazis and Hitler this is a good tome - “The Third Reich” by Michael Burleigh. Lots of detail that people arent aware of.

    We are all biased one way or another, some of us even against our own…

    Jan 31st, 2016 - 04:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Oh sorry I guess I don't know what the word “comparison” means.
    Nice back peddling though

    Feb 01st, 2016 - 12:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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