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Could a sugar tax help combat obesity?

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4047 (Published 29 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4047

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Re: Could a sugar tax help combat obesity? Might. Might not

Now, this may be my blind spot - I do drink tea, coffee, hot chocolate WITH sugar, have always done so and will do so. I do not want to be taxed.

Just let me enjoy my sugared tea.

Now a question: Have the Indian villagers producing sugar cane, Pakistani villagers producing sugar cane, Jamaican villagers producing sugar cane ALWAYS had obesity in children, as compared with their counterparts in the villages not producing sugar cane?

In these wonderful times with instant armchair epidemiology with the lap top, a professor in public health in every medical school, a medical school in every city, this question should be easy to answer.

And now a question to the leaders in preventive medicine, plus the World Bank plus, the WHO, plus our (British Government): why do you not demand the destruction of all breweries, whiskey distillers, whisky distillers and their copy cats in, India, China, etc? After all everyone is agreed that alcohol kills?

And why do you not destroy ALL tobacco crops everywhere? (After all, our Jack Straw justified the Afghan War on the grounds of opium production.)

Competing interests: Not obese.

03 August 2015
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough