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Proposed tax on unhealthy foods welcomed

Posted by Joanne Mellor

Proposals from the government to tax unhealthy food have been backed by the British Dental Health Foundation.

Chief executive of the body Dr Nigel Carter stated that the plans support the foundation’s core message that people should cut down on their intake of sugar.

“By proposing the introduction of a duty on sugary drinks there will be an inevitable reduction in consumption and benefits for both general and dental health,” he said.

Dr Carter added any measure that is going to reduce how often teeth are exposed to sugary foods and drinks has to be welcomed.

It was noted by the chief executive that over 60 per cent of adults in the UK are overweight or obese and this is partly down to consumption of too much sugar.

Dr Carter recently noted the consumption of sugar has risen due to individuals snacking throughout the day rather than eating three square meals.

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