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Tax calories to end the buffet syndrome

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 03 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6674
  1. Kinesh Patel, junior doctor, London
  1. kinesh_patel{at}

There is a wonderful delicatessen at the top of our road, filled with treats. The best of these is the “rocky road,” a gourmet bar containing a delectable combination of biscuit, marshmallow, and of course chocolate. I like to eat healthily—but I confess that every once in a while I spend the £2.95 (€3.69; $4.77) and buy one. It never lasts the journey home.

But what if it cost 30p? Would I, an educated health professional with a disposable income, buy and eat more? I would like to think not; but I know that …

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