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  Docs want fatty foods to cost more cash
Updated 09 June 2003, 11.08
Doctors want unhealthy food taxed
Foods that are bad for you could get more expensive if an important group of doctors get their way.

They want people to have to pay VAT (Value Added Tax) on fatty foods, which could make things like biscuits and cakes 17.5% more expensive.

The British Medical Association wants fatty foods to cost more in the hope it might convince people to eat more healthy foods.

Fact File
VAT facts
VAT is paid on
Going to watch football
Buying shampoo
Making phone call
VAT is NOT paid on
Children's clothes
Books
Most food bought in shops
They're worried because people are getting fatter and fatter in the UK, and health problems to do with being overweight costs the health service about 500m every year.

But experts say a problem with this type of fat tax is the people who buy the most high-fat foods tend to be poorer families.

This means they would have less money to spend.

All other countries in Europe - except Ireland - already add some sort of tax to different kinds of food.

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