Chocolate should be taxed in a bid to control the obesity epidemic, a medical conference will hear.
Family doctor David Walker believes that chocolate is a “major player” in the problem of the country’s expanding waistlines.
Taxing the treat would raise its profile as an unhealthy food which can contribute to weight-related conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and back pain, the Lanarkshire GP will tell doctors at a conference in Clydebank.
He said people are often eating more than half a day’s worth of calories when they polish off a bag of chocolates in front of the television.
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Dr Walker, based at Airdrie Health Centre, said: “I believe that chocolate is a major player in obesity and obesity-related conditions.
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“What I’m trying to get across is that chocolate is sneaking under the radar of unhealthy foods.