David Cameron is under mounting pressure to introduce a sugar tax as the Commons health select committee calls for a 20 per cent levy, and a ban on advertising junk food during family TV shows.
The report from MPs comes as a coalition of almost 20 charities and medical royal colleges called for the introduction of a tax, as part of efforts to combat Britain’s obesity crisis.
The obesity crisis is caused by more calories going in than are being used, nothing else. Sugar consumption in the UK has declined in recent decades. Calorie consumption in the UK has declined in recent decades.
The problem is that energy expenditure has declined more in recent decades. The most likely culprit is actually widespread and effective central heating. Given that, being mammals, our greatest energy expenditure is in regulating body temperature.
Sadly, the obvious truth of all of this doesn’t stop those who take pleasure in regulating the lives of others. Truly, I say to you, there are some who were better left as stains on their mother’s sheets.