soft drink tax
The British corner shop is currently facing attacks from all sides. Property prices are rising and the cost of produce is also going up. Business rates have yet to be reformed, and consumers are turning to local micro supermarket brands instead of their corner shop.
In the face of great economic uncertainty this is no time for a measure that will impact negatively on companies and to higher prices for those who can least afford it whilst having no impact on levels of obesity. Most importantly, if the Government is serious about tackling obesity then it needs to put in place more preventative measures.
On their own, simple economic measures aimed at tackling some dimension of an unhealthy lifestyle cannot work. What is needed is a deeper understanding of why some people make unhealthy choices while others do not. These may include poverty and lack of information or education, but they may also include cognitive psychological differences.