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Could a tax on unhealthy food improve health?, Health

Could a tax on unhealthy food improve health?

We are one of the fattest countries in the world. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, we come in at 7th place.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 23 July 2012 at 12:00 am

Diabetes sufferers are not necessarily to blame, Health

Diabetes sufferers are not necessarily to blame

According to recent research about to be published, Type 2 diabetes treatment will use £16.9bn of the NHS budget as the number of diabetics rises from 3.8 million to 6.25 million by 2035. This has fueled scaremongering media reports with talk of “diabetes bankrupting the NHS within a generation”.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 4 May 2012 at 4:00 am

The bitter taste of sugar prohibition, Battle of Ideas

The bitter taste of sugar prohibition

On Thursday, high-profile science journal Nature published a commentary by three academics, which argued that sugar is a toxin and that it should be subject to similar kinds of public-health interventions as alcohol. In other words, sugar should be taxed and restricted just like booze.

By | Battle of Ideas, Health | Friday, 3 February 2012 at 12:03 am

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