Sunday 4 December 2016

Obesity doctor slams decision to delay sugar tax until 2018

Published 14/09/2016 | 02:30

Prof O’Shea said delaying the introduction of the tax is a “grave mistake”, particularly in the drive to reduce obesity in children (Stock picture)
Prof O’Shea said delaying the introduction of the tax is a “grave mistake”, particularly in the drive to reduce obesity in children (Stock picture)

The Government decision to delay introduction of the sugar tax until 2018 is a failure to tackle the obesity epidemic which is linked to 4,000 deaths annually, doctors have warned.

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Obesity expert Prof Donal O'Shea was responding to indications by Finance Minister Michael Noonan that the tax will not come in here until it is introduced in the UK.

Prof O'Shea, along with other doctors in the Royal College of Physicians, said delaying the introduction of the tax was a "grave mistake", particularly in the drive to reduce obesity in children.

"On behalf of the 4,000 people who will die next year directly as a result of our obesity epidemic, I would ask the Government to urgently revisit the deferral. Postponing it is weak leadership."

Irish Independent

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