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Doctors block choc fat tax motion

13-Mar-2009

Doctors in Scotland voted narrowly against a motion to introduce a fat tax on chocolate, proposed by a medic who is concerned that chocolate has moved beyond a treat food.

The idea was proposed by David Walker, a GP in Lanarkshire, as a measure to address obesity and was voted on by colleagues at a GMA conference in Clydebank yesterday.

 

Although the motion failed by two votes, Dr Walker, a food scientist and nutritionist, told the BBC news website that he was pleased his suggestion had provoked debate.

 

The UK’s Food and Drink Federation said that introducing regressive taxes would only result in lighter wallets, not smaller waists, particularly because VAT is already paid on all chocolate purchases in the UK.