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Tax On Sugary Drinks – Is There More To Our Nation Getting Bigger?

December 1st 2015
By: Melanie

A petition launched by our Essex Chef, Jamie Oliver, earlier this year, urged government to enforce a 20% tax on sugary drinks –in Mexico where they have introduced the same scheme they have found that people consumed less. The government is now under even more pressure to introduce this tax after a hard-hitting report was published this week by MP’s stating that a levy would be an essential part of tackling obesity, especially in children.

This isn’t the first time that fast foods, convenience foods and fizzy drinks have been cited as one of the main problems of obesity in children and adults. Several reports over the past 30 years in the US have advised that this type of food could cause a major problem to health. The film ‘Fed Up’ is a documentary-film tackling the problem of obesity head on, especially in Children. Contrary to popular belief that we must burn off what we eat, this documentary virtually implies that it’s not possible to burn off processed foods such as fast foods, cakes, sweets and so fourth, because as soon as it is consumed it turns into fat. Filmmaker Stephanie Soectig and journalist Katie Couric investigate how the American food industry may be responsible for more sickness than previously realised.

The documentary examines two siblings, one who is obese and one who isn’t – they have exactly the same diets, but when they looked at a CAT scan of the non-obese child they found that 25% of his insides were made of fat. So even if you are not overweight and eating the wrong foods it doesn’t mean to say that your body is healthier on the inside.

The programme also states that there is very little point in having low-calorie food and drinks too as this will make you have more of an appetite for sugar in the long run. The conclusion of the documentary is that if you want to loose weight and keep it off then cook your food from raw ingredients and don’t buy any convenience food or foods where you don’t understand the ingredients on the label.