sugarThe Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davis, has said a sugar tax may be necessary in the fight against obesity.

Speaking to the Health Select Committee, she said that a sugar tax may be the only way to get food and drink manufacturers to change their products and remove high levels of sugar from them.

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Speaking to the health select committee, she said: “We have a generation of children who, because they're overweight and their lack of activity, may well not live as long as my generation. They will be the first generation that live less, and that is of great concern.”

She also said that there was a danger in the normalisation of being overweight, and urged ministers to find a new way to address this issue. She said: “We have to find a new way - not of ostracising people who are obese and making them feel bad about themselves - but somehow of helping them to understand this is pathological and will cause them harm.”

Food and drink manufacturers have said they were working on ways to reduce the amount of sugar in their products.