UK to introduce sugar tax in hospitals to tackle obesity crisis


Here’s a good idea:

Hospitals across England will start charging more for high-sugar drinks and snacks sold in their cafes and vending machines in an effort to discourage staff, patients and visitors from buying them, the NHS England chief executive said.

The Guardian: NHS Chief to Introduce Sugar Tax in Hospitals to Tackle UK Obesity Crisis

Here’s what would be even better: don’t sell junk food at all in hospitals. That would send an even stronger signal. My guess is it’s going to happen, sooner or later.


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  1. sharon
    I work in a uk hospital and the food is carb loaded chips sandwiches rice ....
    When you only get 30 mins for lunch and have to stand in a queue to be served along with shift paterns that interfere with circadian cycles its no wonder we have overweight nurses such as myself .
  2. Johanna
    Bring your own lowcarb lunch! ?
    A 3 egg omelet will carry you easily till 6 p.m. and you' ll have more resting time left!
    No more queues for you!
    Reply: #3
  3. Apicius
    I agree with Johanna. Bring your own lunch if you are staff or worker at the hospital. Healthier for you AND you will save money.
  4. chris c
    Hahahahahaha oh my!

    I spent a lot of time in hospital while they were euthanasing my mother by starvation, AKA Liverpool Care Pathway.

    They damn near did the same to me when I had eaten all the food I brought with me. Virtually the only stuff available from the shops or canteen was carbs. I told a nurse I couldn't eat any of it because of my diabetes.

    "Would you like me to make you some toast?" she said . . .

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