‘High Priests of the Nanny State’ – Doctors Call for Punitive Tax on Sugar

British doctors are calling for a 20 percent tax to be levied on sugar in a bid to cut the obesity epidemic. But low tax campaigners have said that such a tax would “hit the poorest hardest” and have accused the doctors’ representative organisation of promoting a nanny state.

  • tom_billesley

    NHS National Obesity Observatory: “Obesity and ethnicity” 2011

  • MarthaMGreen


  • Justin St.Denis

    This NHS effort is ridiculous. But most segments of the population are overweight. I’ve never struggled with weight myself; then again, I have always been active and athletic. Most are not. Canadians are fat, Americans are fat, the Brits are fat. Too bad people don’t have more self-respect.

    • Clausewitz

      I blame it all on the Samoans.

  • BillyHW

    But, but sugar is low in cholesterol and low in fat. It is especially low in arterycloggingsaturatedfat and comes from plants, not animals, so its practically a vegetable. How can something the government bureaucrats have been telling us is healthy for so long suddenly be bad for us?

    • Clausewitz

      Well as long as they ban sugar beets as well, I may be on side with this.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Any problems that arise from sugar comes from the refining. Raw sugar directly from the cane is healthy, and sugarcane juice is popular in the countries where it is grown.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Just wait till prohibition and a law criminalizing fast food.

    • tom_billesley

      UK councils are already refusing permits for fast food outlets anywhere near schools.

  • I hate too much government.

    Sugar is nearly free, addictive, easy to become addicted to, and food processors add it into vast quantities of processed foods. Most people are unaware of the vast quantities of sugar they consume. Vast amounts of medical research find sugar to harmful to health.

    The social costs to society for all this sugar consumption are huge. The majority of type II diabetes cases are caused by too much sugar. The direct costs of this sugar addiction is literally hundreds of billions a year for medical care. (This is one of the reasons why your insurance costs so much.)

    If the food companies put a chemical into food that did what sugar did, we would put to heads of the food companies in jail.

    But because it is “sugar” everyone wants to talk about free choice and too much government intrusion.

    Sugar should be regulated as a drug. It causes the body to react in ways similar to a drug. Products with sugar need warning labels. Sugar should be taxed at a high rate.

    I can hear the backlash coming on this. But most of it will come from people on a sugar high, incapable of rational thought.

    • tom_billesley

      Yep. Why should sugar eaters be allowed to cheat dementia.

  • ntt1

    I would support better,clearer labeling, since I was diagnosed as a borderline type 2 diabetic I have become a devout label reader and looking around the food aisles i can see I am not alone.
    As a rule the more processed a food product is the more suger or suger derivatives are likely to be in there.
    Processed foods are ridiculously expensive compared to home made and in addition to better labeling and perhaps a cost /weight breakdown, it would make more sense to require social workers to offer home cooking lessons rather than the divisive class hatred crap they offer up now. the poor seem to be a major consumer of junk by what i see at checkouts. low cost Wal-mart has entire aisles devoted to highly processed crap and come any welfare Wednesday there are double carts of garbage wheeled out its doors