Academics lend their support to Party of Wales policy
The Party of Wales has welcomed the support of the UK Government’s chief obesity advisor to reducing consumption of sugary drinks. Plaid Cymru has previously announced its plans to put a levy on sugary drinks in order to reduce consumption of excess sugar, and to help pay for the recruitment of a thousand extra doctors.
Today, the UK Government’s chief obesity advisor, Susan Jebb, Professor of Diet and Population Health at Oxford University, has called on parents to only serve water with meals and ban sugary drinks from the dining table in order to reduce their children’s intake of sugar.
The Party of Wales AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas said:
“Plaid Cymru announced our ‘Pop Tax’ back in October and it’s good to see that a number of medical experts have since endorsed similar action.
“Health experts tell us that excessive consumption of sugar is one of the biggest risks to public health. The recommendation made today by Professor Jebb is one of an increasing pool of support for action to encourage people to consume less sugar.
“Obesity is a serious problem in our communities which has a devastating impact on public health. That’s why Plaid Cymru wants to take action to make our communities healthier, happier places.”