The Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally Davies has hit the media trail today calling for the Government to look at introducing a sugar tax to try and stop the rise in levels of obesity.
Dame Sally Davies has also reported to the Health Select Committee in Westminster that research currently being conducted is likely to confirm that sugar is addictive.
On the other side of the coin, the food industry insists that sugar is not the main cause of obesity when eaten as part of a balanced diet. They have also claimed that a food tax will hit poorest families hardest.
Almost two thirds of adults in the UK are considered to be overweight or obese. Obesity is one of the main risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.