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GP proposes 'chocolate tax'

A GP's call for a tax on chocolate to curb obesity was narrowly rejected by doctors today.

Lanarkshire GP David Walker led calls for an increase in chocolate prices as a way of tackling weight-related conditions such as Type 2 diabetes.

Doctors attending the British Medical Association (BMA) conference in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, today voted down the plan.

Diabetes UK's view

"There is a strong link between weight and Type 2 diabetes: 80 per cent of people diagnosed with the condition are overweight at the time of diagnosis," said Natasha Marsland, Care Advisor at Diabetes UK.

Opt for a healthy diet

"We advise that to cut down their risk of developing the condition, people should follow a healthy diet, low in fat and sugar but with plenty of fruits and vegetable.

'Chocolate tax' not the right approach

"Nevertheless, we don’t believe that a ‘chocolate tax’ is the right approach to help reduce the number of people who are overweight or obese in the UK.

"Instead, better education and information are needed to help people make the right food choices. People should also be encouraged to increase their physical activity, as a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.”

About the BMA conference

Around 85 medical professionals attended the BMA's annual conference of Scottish Local Medical Committees.

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