"Sugar tax will fight obesity in Hertfordshire"

PUBLISHED: 17:33 18 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:35 18 March 2016

Cllr Teresa Heritage

Cllr Teresa Heritage


County Hall's health supremo has welcomed the proposed "Sugar Tax" as a way to fight childhood obesity in Hertfordshire.

Chancellor George Osborne outlined a tax on sugary drinks in this week’s budget, delighting health campaigners but dismaying the industry.

County councillor Teresa Heritage, cabinet member for health, said: “We welcome the introduction of further funding for school physical activity which the tax will generate.

“There is some evidence a sugar levy will help reduce obesity, and we welcome it alongside other measures to reduce obesity.

“Obesity can lead to serious health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer.”

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