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Five minutes with . . . Sarah Wollaston

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 02 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6489

The chair of the health select committee, a former GP, talked to The BMJ on the day the committee’s report on childhood obesity was published. The report recommended a 20% tax on sugar sweetened drinks

“When you look at the evidence around the consumption of sugary drinks, particularly by teenagers, it is about a third of their sugar intake, so [a tax on sugary drinks] is about finding a product that can reduce their intake.

“If you could hypothecate all the proceeds from the tax to a really worthwhile programme in our communities …

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