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France fights obesity by targeting fatty foods

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France fights obesity by targeting fatty foods

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The French government is to consider raising VAT on sugary and fatty foods to combat obesity. A new report warns of serious public health problems if something is not done.

MPs are to study proposals from the Inspector Generals of Finance and Social Affairs to put up tax on certain foods not deemed a neccessity by 14%, and hike alcohol duty, too

But nutritionist, Arnaud Cocaul, believes the government’s approach is misguided: “This presents products with high sugar or fat content as the devil responsible for obesity – but it is more complicated than that. People need educating. If we are going to put money into anything it should be that.”

In the UK where a quarter to a third of all children are overweight, parents of fat kids are about to be targeted by a government information campaign.

There is already a precedent of children being put into care because they were not fed a balanced diet.

At the same time, there are now alarming scientific reports about potentially carcinogenic refined and artificial sweeteners.