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BMA calls for 20% sugar tax to subsidise cost of fruit and vegetables

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 13 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3803
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The British Medical Association is calling on the government to introduce a 20% tax on sugary drinks to help tackle the increasing prevalence of obesity and diet related health problems in the United Kingdom by using the money to subsidise the cost of fruit and vegetables.1

The BMA also wants the government to make it mandatory for all the 3500 independently run academy schools and 200 free schools in England to adhere to the same food standards as set for state schools, such as not serving soft drinks and providing at least …

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