Forget About A Sugar Tax, How About A Little Education?
Everything in moderation, including moderation
– Oscar Wilde
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?
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
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.
|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.