Some of the critics of the tax have said that this is a step too far and product labelling would give parents the knowledge they need and allow them to make an informed choice but as Jamie Oliver, the celebrity chef and food campaigner has said "the time for gentle words has passed. We need to be bold". I couldn't agree more because the safety of our children is at stake. This is a step change in improving the nation's health and will save lives.
Sugar is and will always be a treat, just like a glass of wine or the occasional cigarette but when there are equally bad effects on the health then surely its time that we call a cut on the amount that we consume. It may taste sweet initially, but the long term effects which aren't being showed to us should make you feel bitter.
Sensationalist headlines around Jamie Oliver calling for a sugar tax are not helpful for the public health debate, as it makes the situation seem far too simplistic, when life never is. In the 1970s and 80s the health message was that fat was bad and the people should move their eating habits in the direction of carbohydrates.
Ten years after tackling the dire state of Britain's school dinners, Jamie Oliver is back on the campaign trail! In Jamie's powerful, one-off documentary, 'Sugar Rush', he investigated the huge contribution sugar is making to rising global health problems. Check out how many 'healthy' foods are actually sugar-laden and can be damaging to our health...
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