BBC Home
Explore the BBC

CBBC

UK

Last Updated: Thursday March 12 2009 08:51 GMT

Price of chocolate 'should go up'

Ore bites into chocolate tax plans

There's bad news for chocolate fans, because their favourite sweet treat could start costing them more.

A doctor from Scotland says chocolate's so bad for people's health it should be made more expensive, to encourage them to eat less of it.

Dr David Walker, a GP in Lanarkshire, says it should be taxed in the same way as alcohol and cigarettes.

Chocolate used to be seen as a treat, but now people are eating so much it's causing health problems, he explained.

He said: "There is an explosion of obesity and the related medical conditions.

Sweets on a shop shelf
"I see chocolate as a major player in this, and I think a tax on products containing chocolate could make a real difference."

Dr Walker says that the money raised from the tax on chocolate bars would be used by doctors to treat health problems caused by people being overweight.

But don't worry, the price of your favourite choccie bar won't shoot up just yet, as Dr Walker's idea is in the very early stages.

Support

And people from the food and drink industry don't think it's a good idea. They say it won't make people lose weight, it will just make them spend more money.

Dr Walker is going to speak to a conference of doctors in Scotland later on Wednesday to try and get their support for his plans.



Healthy Living

Guides
 

Press Packs
 

Pictures
 

Quizzes
 

Expert Advice