Forget About A Sugar Tax, How About A Little Education?

Life | July 24, 2015 | By

Everything in moderation, including moderation 

                                 – Oscar Wilde

Sugar Tax
 

Let’s finish up the week with a little rant post, shall we?

So the government is considering bringing in a 20% sugar tax to help combat obesity and from what I’ve read from numerous articles including this one “A sugar tax is a necessary bitter pill that would benefit all of us” by the Western Morning News, the figures do look pretty grim. Obesity is causing a burden on the NHS and if the figures are correct 30% of the UK population will be obese by 2030. But would the introduction of a fat tax really help to lower this statistic?

I personally don’t see how raising the price of a can of coke by 13p is going to make people suddenly have a change of lifestyle. It seems a bit unfair to single out fizzy drinks too. I think consumers are becoming more aware of the amount of sugar in drinks and really it’s the hidden sugars that are the problem. If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you may have heard me harp on before about enjoying everything in moderation and I truly believe that. If the government wants a healthier nation, then surely better education is key?

And why is it always the consumer that’s hit hard? If sugar is such a danger to the health of the population, then why not target food manufacturers and pressure them to use less sugar in their products?  Why not put a stop to marketing sugary drinks and snacks at children? Is it really that difficult to implement? Seems like they want to take the easy option by punishing all of us!
 
It might appear to be working in Mexico (at 10% tax) but it’s been a big flop in Denmark, so we can’t really rely on those facts to prove it’s 100% effective either.I do think something needs to be done to tackle obesity, especially in children. Honestly, every time I see an overweight child my heart sinks for them. They’re likely to carry that condition with them through their lifetime. Bad food habits from childhood are going to be ten times harder to break in adulthood. Parents and schools obviously need to act responsibly, but this also holds true for brands; from how their products are labeled, to how they conduct their marketing.

I understand it can be hard for full-time working folk to come home and cook meals, but again, you only have to search the web to find ways and means to cook food on a budget and how to use up leftovers. Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan! I find being on a budget forces you to experiment and use up everything in your cupboards but you have to want to change. We should not accept the argument that poor people can’t afford to eat healthily and properly. Knowledge is everything!

Check out my ‘Frugal Meals’ Pinterest board for ideas

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How we treat morbidly obese people needs to change. Not that long ago, Carl Thompson “Britain’s Fattest Man” died aged 33 weighing 65 stone. How terribly sad. Many people like him are laughed at and ridiculed or called “lazy”. Yet, clearly these people have mental health issues. Why don’t they receive the same sympathy as people suffering with anorexia or bulimia? You never hear of grossly obese people being referred to as “suffering from an eating disorder”. Because you know, they are just greedy and enjoy being bed bound, with a string of health problems that are life limiting.

 I agree that sugar is definitely addictive, but is it as addictive as alcohol can be, or tobacco? Is sugar the class A of the food world? I don’t know if it’s that bad. When I first started to cut down on my sugar intake, I found the first 3 weeks to be the hardest, mainly just craving something sweet and feeling tired. Certainly not the same kind of withdrawal an alcoholic or drug addict would go through. Since then I haven’t looked back, no more 2-3 cans of fizzy drinks a day for me. I don’t even like them that much anymore!
Sugar Tax
Just the odd fizzy drink for me these days. A green smoothie as “Deliciously Stella” would say (check her Instagram if you want a giggle)

I think we all pay enough tax as it is and with the current climate, could do without another one. Sugar isn’t the enemy here people! The enemy is a lack of knowledge and our right to know exactly what’s in our food. There should be no such thing as “hidden sugars”. 

What are your thoughts on the sugar tax?P.S. I look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments below over a cup of tea and a jam doughnut. 

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    Tim
    May 9, 2016

    Education is key to so much with health. The challenge is that a lot of the people eating excessive amounts of sugar are the same people that are hard to reach with education. Its a tricky one alright. The other option is a sugar alternative but there are issues with that too. There is rarely a simple answer but I agree with Abi MODERATION solves everything. Great article

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    Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    July 24, 2015

    I love Deliciously Stella. I totally agree with you – I don’t think that raising the price will make a difference, as people will find the money from somewhere. The same as with smoking.

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    Abi Street
    July 24, 2015

    This is ridiculous! The reason that people are obese is because these products are available. Raising the price won’t stop people buying the products, it may reduce it a little but will not completely stop it. The only way to stop this is to cut the source.

    You’re so right, everything is okay in moderation. If you want to eat that whole pizza eat that whole pizza, if you want to drink that green smoothie then drink it!! As long as everyone is healthy why should it matter what people eat? x

    Abi | abistreetx.blogspot.co.uk

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