Taxing fizzy drinks is not the way to burst our obesity bubble
One in four children is overweight or obese. More startlingly, we will be the fattest country in Europe by 2030. Responses to these statistics have included a letter sent by Health Minister Leo Varadkar to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, asking him to impose a 20pc "sugar tax" on fizzy drinks. In the letter Varadkar outlined the consequences of Ireland's sugar rush, saying: "Obesity presents a major public health problem for Ireland with one in four children now overweight or obese at age three."
But is a sugar tax that will disproportionately affect the poor really the most productive way forward?
Our obesity problems will only be solved by a holistic approach that also commits to getting school children exercising in fun, accessible ways.