GP calls for tax on chocolate

A GP has called for a tax on chocolate to help ease the rising levels of obesity in Scotland.

(Photograph: iStockPhoto/Paul Paladin)
(Photograph: iStockPhoto/Paul Paladin)

At the Scottish LMCs conference in Clydebank, Dr David Walker is due to tell colleagues that chocolate has lost its status as a treat and become a damaging part of regular diets.

Just as the increasingly cheap price of alcohol is contributing to ill health, the Lanarkshire GP believes that low chocolate prices are doing the same.

Dr Walker, who has a special interest in nutrition, argues that chocolate is a major player in the obesity epidemic because a huge amount of calories can be eaten very quickly.

colin.cooper@haymarket.com

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