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Vox Pop: Should the government introduce a fat tax for unhealthy food?

Top row: James Bishop, Julia Donnelly, Altaf Rehman, Richard Wells
Bottom: Megan Gwozdzicki

Top row: James Bishop, Julia Donnelly, Altaf Rehman, Richard Wells Bottom: Megan Gwozdzicki

Heather Jan Brunt asks shoppers in Friars Square if they think a fat tax is the right way to fight Britain’s obesity crisis.

James Bishop, Aylesbury:

“No, that’s not a good idea. Because then everything I eat would cost twice the price.

“I like chocolate, Red Bull, fish and chips etc.”

Julia Donnelly, Aylesbury:

“Yes, it would make a difference to people’s choices.

“Unhealthy food is marketed at a price to entice people , the same way as cheap alcohol is.”

Altaf Rahman, Aylesbury:

“Yeah I think it should be because it would put people off. Nowadays there is a trend in unhealthy people, and I think they should offer gym pases to people that are overweight.”

Richard Wells, Stoke Mandeville:

“That depends on what you mean by unhealthy food.

“I think it would be very difficult because the specification of unhealthy food has not been defined.”

Megan Gwozdzicki, Aylesbury:

“No. I’m on a diet at the moment, but once a week I like to have my rubbish food for a treat. But maybe it would deter people from buying it, if it had a tax on it.”

 

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