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Fat tax could help people eat more healthily

20th April 2012

The director of the health promotion research group at Oxford University has said that he believes a fat tax could raise money and help get people eating more healthily.

Mike Rayner, who said at least a quarter of British adults are obese, and that is costing the health services billions of pounds of year every year, wants to see a 12p tax on soft drinks, claiming it would prevent several thousand deaths a year as people switched to healthier drinks. However, politicians have argued that better packaging and education were likely to be more practical options.


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