"Sugar tax will fight obesity in Hertfordshire"
PUBLISHED: 17:33 18 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:35 18 March 2016
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.”