Should sweets be taxed for health reasons?


4th May 2018

THE price you pay for chocolate and sweets could be set to go up if politicians pay attention to a new study.

Scientists writing in BMJ Open say that the recent tax increase on sugary drinks should be copied for sweets, chocolate, cakes and biscuits. If the Government increased the tax on these sugary foods, the report claims that it would have greater health benefits than the sugary drinks tax.

The researchers looked at shopping records for more than 32,000 households.

They found that people were getting more calories from sugary foods than sugary drinks. The data also showed that small price increases meant people bought fewer sugary treats.

Although the researchers say that it’s quite difficult to predict the effect of tax rises, it seems like the nation’s health could be improved if sugary foods were more expensive.

Would you be happy to pay more for sweets and chocs if it benefited people’s health?

Take part in our poll and let us know, and make sure you leave a comment so that we know why you voted that way.

Should sweets be taxed for health reasons?


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buddyboi · 3 years ago

yes definitely! Obesity and fat is one of the big problems in the UK at the moment. Of course, it's fine to have a sweet/chocolate and something like a greasy burger occasinoly, but loads of children are putting on too much fat, and something has to be done!

titmouse · 3 years ago

It is bad for your health and also we are running out of Cocoa beans.

book_girl · 3 years ago

Yes because it will help stop people getting.

shreddeddo · 3 years ago

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donkey4 · 3 years ago

No as not all children eat too much sugar it's just some and it is up to the parents to tell them not to eat too mush.

rivalgamer · 3 years ago

The price shouldn't increase because people should be able to limit what they eat by themselves, and people who do only buy and eat sugary items one in a while shouldn't have to pay more just because other people eat too much of it.

dachshund7 · 3 years ago

We need to keep the future generations healthy and happy and dental hygiene is starting to become a big problem.

icestarz · 3 years ago

Yes! Obesity is a really big problem and something should be done to stop it.

bigfatcat · 3 years ago

I think that its no excuse to say yes because it would be good the the nations health, it would provide your teeth from getting rotten. I mean, its okay to have a yummy treat every now and then but not all the time and that is the issue that people are trying to deal with. Overall, it’s a good thing!

natalija · 3 years ago

Sugar and sweets are some of the most widely consumed products and extremely bad for your health. Sweet things are fine to eat, rarely, but not in such quantities.

sambrophy · 3 years ago

Yes! This will encourage people to buy less sweets and chocolate and less people will get cancer as obesity is one of the biggest reasons for cancer.

missgalaxy · 3 years ago

No! We need to take responsibility for ourselves. We need to know that sugary treats are bad for us, and so making it more expensive wont make a difference. Kids will only stop buying treats when they find out they are bad by eating too much.

gameknight · 3 years ago

For me personally, I don't eat many sweets (only occasionally and or for being good) so it would just be a waste of money and I know there are some kids who have 10-20 sweets in an hour but,not many kids are spoilt to have anything (E.G Costly things, sweets) but this is my opinion.

ysiad1 · 3 years ago

Yes! I definitely would say that the goverment should make the prices of sweets cakes and chocolate as many children are eating to much sugar and this could lead to serious problems and also parents will buy less sweets for their children because of the change in how much these things will cost.

holly · 3 years ago

I don't know because I love sweets and chocolate but I know it's bad for you?

fams · 3 years ago

No because the people who love chocolate and sweets will just continue buying them no matter what the prise and it’s unfair on people who eat less chocolate to have to pay more for it

bobfm · 3 years ago

I think yes because we do not really need to have sweets or chocolate.

trojanlcus · 3 years ago

Yes, Because Sweet food Is an major factor in Obesity and Increasing the price would help to stop people buying Sweet stuff.

larabass123 · 3 years ago

Yes it shoukld be taxed. It will prevent people from buying it and help people get healthier.

cakepuppy1 · 3 years ago

Of course, because chocolate may be bad for our health, and eating too much chocolate could result belly cramps . It is alright to have a chocolate bar during the day, but I certainly dont think that we should eat too much

pandacool · 3 years ago

if sweets are more expensive people won't buy as many and it won't be unhealthy!

topman3000 · 3 years ago

Sweets chocolate cake ECT is bad for you so yes

newsedit · 3 years ago

I don’t think they should, because not everyone has sweets everyday, so it’s unfair on them, and people should have enough self-control not to eat too many.

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lollydor · 3 years ago

I wouldn’t mind paying more if it helped other people not get overweight. People need to do more about this and they aren’t they are opening more unhealthy restaurants when they are saying more people are obese! It’s crazy!

sisi · 3 years ago

Yes because then less people in the UK wil buy the sugary items if they're more expensive. It's not only bad for their body but also for their teeth.

draco · 3 years ago

yes because then people realize that what they are eating is bad for them and they will be more aware about what they are eating

gominions · 3 years ago

I'm gonna say yes cos people who don't have as much money as others tend to be fatter and unhealthier cos the price for unhealthy food is much less than healthy and I think that needs to be sorted out.

gxlden · 3 years ago

Nah. It shouldn't be as candy and sweets are the nicest treats in all of existence (Other than Vindertech Bucks for Fortnite) and shouldn't cost more than they already do. I used to love my 5p Freddo's or 1/2 penny sweets. But now everything has sky-rocketed in price over the past 30 years. I am not fat, but im definitely not your proffesional gymster. Im an average person and I like my sweets how I like my tea. Full of sugar.

Yours Truly
Kaden Gxlden

unicornzz · 3 years ago

Yes because lots of people in the U.K. ?? are obese or fat. It's a good ? idea ? to do it.

unicorn248 · 3 years ago

Yes definitely. Not only do sugary snacks cause obesity but the world are running out of cocoa beans.

gxlden · 3 years ago

Unicorn248 is wrong. We need sweets for people who want them. We dont need cocoa beans, we need sugar and we just need to replant the beans and not just use them all straight away.

-Gzldfen Hudhd

holholster · 3 years ago

I definitely think that the price for sweets should be raised, because there are many overweight people in the UK at the moment. In addition, it should make people think twice before buying sweets, as they will be sold at a higher price, and people with not a lot of money always buy sweets due to the fact that they are so cheap.

samuel08 · 3 years ago

As much as i like chocolate i think it should be taxed or you’ll get diabetes:)

emperor · 3 years ago

For health reasons, yes. On the other hand, you could argue that poor people lose out here. However I put yes because I want the country to be healthier, but I don't think I would buy sweets any less - it would just cost more money.

wren · 3 years ago

People should be able to make the decision as to what they eat themselves, but unfortunately, in out society, that doesn't always happen. So yes, let's tax sugary snacks and it just means that some of us will have to pay the price to help others fight obesity.

tintin13 · 3 years ago


aim123 · 3 years ago

They should because otherwise your teeth rot and you get big.

synchro101 · 3 years ago

No, People will still buy sweets even if it was more expensive and just waste their money.

ZENCE40 · 3 years ago

Definitely!! I think sweets and chocolate are worse than sugary drinks

sophia6 · 3 years ago

Yes because obesity is bad for your health but no because just because some people can't control their diet doesn't mean other people have to suffer from it.

unicorn3 · 3 years ago

Yes because even though most of the public don't, more and ore people are becoming abuse. 33% of children in Year 6 are abuse!!!

oceangirl5 · 3 years ago

I'd say yes because we'd be loads more healthy!

10emoore · 3 years ago

Yes of course! This will help us in the long run to beat obesity and persuade more kids to get out and about. An occasional treat is fine, but not every day.

ciarza123 · 3 years ago

Yes, because its bad for your health and plastic reasons get involved aswell because more people won't buy them if they're higher priced and therefore the plastic problem will go down a bit.

Pumpkin31 · 3 years ago

People’s health must come before their appetite!

pawsomecat · 3 years ago

Nope because I can see what they’re trying to do but increasing the cost is not going to stop people buying sweets it’s just going to make people run out of money so there’s no point

flossingg · 3 years ago

This made me feel unwel