Is it fair for the government to make unhealthy food and drinks more expensive?

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Is it fair for the government to make unhealthy food and drinks more expensive?

In April 2018, the "sugar tax" - officially the soft drinks industry levy - was introduced by the government.

This means that people in the UK could have to pay a bit more if they want to buy a drink that has over a certain amount of sugar in.

The tax applies to those who make the drinks - and some pass this cost on to the buyer, others have removed sugar so they don't have to pay.

This isn't a new idea: other products have a special extra tax, or "duty" placed on them - such as tobacco and alcohol. These can be bad for people's health so the government takes actions to keep people from having too much.

Is it fair to do this with sugary drinks, and foods? Add your comments below!

To help you make up your mind, you might want to take a look at these articles:

BBC Newsround explains the sugar tax

A BBC news article explaing the impact of the sugar tax so far.

Comments (75)

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg optimistic_newspaper | Upton Cross Primary School
    21 Feb 2020

    Well Tom, if the government rises the price of sweet like foods, it won't stop people from buying it. Although sweets are unhealthy yet luxury items, it is okay to have them at some costs. For example, eating healthy all the time builds your immune systems white blood cell power, and having something with glucose or fat, will not bother your organs as long as you don't exceed the amount of calories for a person daily (1500 to 2000ca). Sugar is a luxury item and the tax for it is already a high amount in financial circumstances. If we were to raise the tax price by 18 to 24p, it would actually be worth more than just that. Including the ingredient tax price us and companies known for delights could go bankrupt in 2029 if a couple billion people exceed the regular price of sweet payment, the companies inspect the money to just make more. Money is still limited as more and more people buy it and less and less ingredients are produced per duration of time (e.g day, hour, month etc,) because eventually, overpopulation and the time of how things are made is so overwhelming that the tax price actually rises by 3%, approximately 3,000,050 or less in the company finance. Money is still valuable and by 2035 the tax price will probably rise by 2% and due to the tax and lack of needed items could lead to 13% of sweet-makers out of business. Conclusion, it isn't fair because tax rising might never end.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    21 Feb 2020

    I think the government should make unhealthy food and drinks more expensive as it will discourage people from buying them, lessening diabetes and obesity in Britain.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    21 Feb 2020

    I think the government should make unhealthy food and drinks more expensive as it will discourage people from buying them, lessening diabetes, tooth decay and obesity in Britain. Since everyone isn't made out of money, everybody is yearning to get things for a cheaper price, which is why the sugar tax would encourage Britain to go for healthier things as they are cheaper. Though the government may be helping us by increasing the prices of unhealthy things, are they the ones to tell us to do so? Britain thinks human rights are very vital, therefore making the customer having the right to buy that morbid entity. So, even though it may be the wrong thing to do, it is their choice. Also, sugar tax discourages some people not to eat sugar, which is good, but that means it could affect us because the fewer people buy, the fewer money employees make, therefore they pay less money towards tax which would affect our society with things like libraries, schools and more! Therefore, we should not have too many sweets and sugar tax stops that, which would mean sugar tax SHOULD be allowed. However, if one average person in Britain eats 315kg of chocolate plus additional sweets each YEAR, imagine how much money employees are making. This would result in us having better libraries, schools and more! So that would mean we SHOULDN'T have sugar tax. I am not sure about whether it would be fair for the government to increase the amount we spend on sugary drinks because "Practice makes perfect!", meaning if we practice buying unhealthy and sugary foods we will become good at it, and not be able to stop, maybe there could be a sugar rehabilitation centre? In conclusion, I have a mixed mind about whether if it is fair for the government to enhance the price tag on sugary things.

    Thank you for reading.
    memorable_orchard.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      memorable_orchard's comment 24 Feb 2020

      I can see this is a tricky one to come to a conclusion on. There's so much to consider. What should be the most important thing to think about - is it people's health / employees' jobs / human rights / something else?

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    22 Feb 2020

    I think it is fair for the government to raise the price of unhealthy food.
    I think this because:
    Firstly, unhealthy food is obviously bad for you which means that raising the price of unhealthy food means that there is a healthier population and life expectancy increases. It will be hard for some people who are addicted to unhealthy foods but a healthier lifestyle means a happier life because people lose weight.
    Secondly, increasing the price of unhealthy food means that less people will have issues like diabetes and then the NHS is put under less strain because not as many people have issues, and in turn money and resources will be saved.
    However, I can see this from another perspective, the point I made before could also be used against me, people should not have a healthy lifestyle forced on them because if it is there could be negative effects. For many people, unhealthy foods could be what they rely on, people could be addicted and then when unhealthy food prices rise unhealthy food addicts could suffer from withdrawal symptoms and might try and spend more money on unhealthy foods and therefore could also have financial issues.
    In conclusion, after weighing up both sides, I think that the raising the price of unhealthy food is fair because it means that less strain is put on the NHS.

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  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    22 Feb 2020

    I think 'sugar tax' is a good idea, making something unhealthy cost more means that people are pushed to get a healthier option. Nowadays, increasingly we are getting healthy and vegetarian foods which taste and feel exactly the same as their unhealthy or meaty counterparts. The added bonus of lower-sugar foods being less expensive is another extremely motivating reason to get the healthier option. Now it seems like the right time to go flexitarian, 'where a largely vegetable-based diet is supplemented occasionally with meat [Guardian 2018].' Concluding, I think the 'sugar tax' is a good idea as it will greatly benefit the public's health by discouraging them to consume high-sugar food and drinks due to the raised price.

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    1. Alice.jpg EXPERT: Alice Raine, Senior Associate @ Clifford Chance
      genuine_cat's comment 27 Feb 2020

      In your comment, you compare "healthy and vegetarian foods" to "unhealthy or meaty counterparts". Is it fair to assume that all vegetarian foods are healthy?

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    23 Feb 2020

    Yes it is fair because if really sugary items are cheep than people will buy more but if they are expensive then less people will buy them and will be affected by sugar.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg genial_volcano | Streatham Wells Primary School
    23 Feb 2020

    I think the sugar tax should carry on because less people will buy unhealthy food and drinks because people might not bother wasting their money on expensive and unhealthy stuff. People might start getting drunk, feeling sick all the time or might have problems walking if they carry on eating and drinking unhealthy stuff.

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  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    23 Feb 2020

    I think it isn't fair that the government made unhealthy foods more expensive because that means not a lot of companies will by then and then sell them to ordinary people. This is unhelpful because people are saying that if you eat one thing that is unhealthy then you should feel ashamed and guilty because you need to always be eating vegetables and fruits. While your diet should primarily consist of healthy foods, it's okay to sometimes eat a bit of cake or have chocolate as long as you are only doing it as a treat. If you're eating unhealthy foods too much then it becomes a habit and not a treat that you sometimes have. Even some professional dietitians state that by treating yourself to foods that are considered "bad" is actually fine and it helps you to keep a healthy, balanced diet and to socialise more with friends and family; like sharing a cake with somebody. When you do that, it helps you have fun and talk to people, making you happy and excited for what's to come. If you just eat healthily, then you are going to get no joy out of life and you are just eating for the sake of it and not because you enjoy it and that should never be the case; you need to feel pleasure when you're eating. In some ways, eating unhealthy food is "good" for you, let me explain. By eating unhealthily occasionally, you have a balanced and wide-ranged diet, and you aren't just eating healthy food because sometimes you need to take a break and just relax.

    Website(s) I used:
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/06/23/this-is-why-treating-yourself-to-bad-foods-is-totally-okay_a_21400471/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAGu_aAEZNUBt-4Arv1wUWFZlxvs6rpr24IRdpA_XvHhtzY3jrNWiSwePfzh4FD6UxtjWCk28brUmSfHSmSN-W3A840ZZlE75A5gAPqhqiZYu-0BMK_XZ7FQrb6peztBRhJPrX5q3u-_LUIz8Vahi_mTQUM6tkcgx7R4h6aSZonT_

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      succinct_leaves's comment 24 Feb 2020

      Thanks for bringing this article to our attention. It is an assumption to say by just eating healthily you will get no joy out of life? Will this be the same for everyone?

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      1. Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 09 Mar 2020

        It could bring you joy if you know that by eating healthily you can be fit. But for most people eating unhealthy food is joyless because it usually isn't nice. If you have a balanced diet, then you can still be healthy but get joy out of some foods that you eat (chocolate, crisps, ice cream, etc). By just eating unhealthily, you are getting temporary joy, but then you might become diabetic and no joy would come out of that.

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  • The Sherwood School cheerful_photograph | The Sherwood School
    23 Feb 2020

    I do not agree with the government’s decision to add sugar tax in April 2018 and I think it is unfair, this is why. understand that unhealthy foods containing a certain amount of sugar is bad for our health and the government are trying to help us from suffering but only eating healthy foods will not become a balanced diet. People rely on food to live and by increasing prices on foods it will be harder to survive when they cannot afford their basic needs to live and also sugar can be used for different things good and bad so it is not the opportunity of the government to put a sugar tax on all foods over a certain limit. People need to make decisions for themselves to keep them healthy and safe and they do not need the government to make harsh and strict rules to make them do so. Sugar drinks are bad for health but for example you have been driving for a long time and you are gradually getting tired and you are afraid that you may cause an accident so you stop by at a near shop to get Red Bull to keep your energy high but you don’t have enough money to buy it. You ask the shopkeeper for a cheaper price but they don’t agree, what do you do? These are the reasons why I believe that Sugar Tax is unfair and should be overruled by the government. Thank You.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      cheerful_photograph's comment 24 Feb 2020

      This is a common objection, cheerful_photograph, that it will affect those on lowest incomes. If people should make their own decisions, what role does government have to play in that?

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    24 Feb 2020

    There is an alternative view on the subject, I will try to present this view in my comment and be as open-minded as I can. I think the sugar tax is a bad idea. I think this because: I did some research and found out that this tax is not targeted at the public, it is targeted at the companies who sell high sugar products. This raises a problem, many companies who sell sugar high products also sell healthy products such as Innocent who sell smoothies with a huge amount of sugar, on average they put 22 teaspoons of sugar into each carton but they also sell lower sugar things such as veg pots, companies like this will try to raise the price of their healthy products to make up for the loss when it comes to sugary items. This means that suddenly, many people will not only struggle to get sugary items but will struggle to get healthy foods. In addition to this, the poor will suffer the most because the might not have the money to buy healthy products, the government should be thinking about how the sugar tax will penalise the poor. In addition to this, people on a diet might suffer as a chocolate at the end of the week could be part of their motivation. For example: I know someone who is on a diet and if he succeeds in not eating any sweets in a week then he rewards him self with a small sweet, this end of week sweet is part of his motivation and the fact that the sugar tax is going on means that people like him might feel less motivated to eat healthy food. In addition to this, sugar is part of a healthy diet and your body can not function properly with out it, the sugar tax means that many will find it harder to get there hands on sugar and so therefore their diet will be unhealthy. And because of this the sugar taxes's purpose is defeated because the point of the sugar tax is to sculpt a healthier population but many people will not be that healthy because companies will raise the price of their healthy products and sugar is a vital substance in the body although in big quantities it is bad: people might struggle to get their hands on it.
    Sources: https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/03/10-reasons-why-the-sugar-tax-is-a-terrible-idea/
    https://www.bing.com/search?q=are+incocent+smothies+high+sugar&qs=n&form=QBRE&sp=-1&ghc=1&pq=are+incocent+smothies+high+sugar&sc=0-32&sk=&cvid=3D65E0F84D44448C96A1
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36410589

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 25 Feb 2020

      Good reasons given here. What do you think would be a good alternative to the tax? Are there any better solutions?

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg trusting_owl | Noel Park Primary School
    24 Feb 2020

    I say in my opinion this it is fair to raise the price because eating and drinking sodas and junk food will bring your life in a shorter period and might cause cancer like heart cancer and smoking will lead into lung cancer but if people have there own opinion and do buy junk food the government can’t prevent them from buying it but if raise the price people will understand we can not have sugar because we will get diabites , heart cancer.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School effervescent_otter | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    25 Feb 2020

    Increasing the costs of unhealthy food and drinks could lead to the conclusion of less people buying them but on the other hand the company making the unhealthy food/drink are receiving more money and the company believes we should make more as it's getting tons of money and if anything you have made the situation worse.

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    1. Alice.jpg EXPERT: Alice Raine, Senior Associate @ Clifford Chance
      effervescent_otter's comment 27 Feb 2020

      You mention that companies making unhealthy food would receive more money if there is a sugar tax – are you sure about that if less people buy unhealthy food? Could there be other implications for the companies?

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      1. Lyons Hall Primary School effervescent_otter | Lyons Hall Primary School C
        Alice Raine, Senior Associate @ Clifford Chance's comment 05 Mar 2020

        You do have a fair point that I haven’t really thought about they would probably get run down or receive a lot of complaints about the factor of the such unhealthy food. The company might get closed because of the amount of products containing either sugar , fat or salt .

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  • RockcliffeManor-logo-250x250.jpg great_swan | Rockliffe Manor Primary School
    25 Feb 2020

    Yes because ppl are ding from bad food so I think that is fair

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      great_swan's comment 25 Feb 2020

      But isn't it their choice to decide what they spend their money on?

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    2. RockcliffeManor-logo-250x250.jpg involved_persimmon | Rockliffe Manor Primary School
      great_swan's comment 25 Feb 2020

      True but not everyone can die from eating bad food it’s just not good for u

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  • RockcliffeManor-logo-250x250.jpg jocular_expression | Rockliffe Manor Primary School
    25 Feb 2020

    I think it is unfair because everyone deserves to be healthy and not be charged extra for more fatty foods

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    1. RockcliffeManor-logo-250x250.jpg glad_spring | Rockliffe Manor Primary School
      jocular_expression's comment 25 Feb 2020

      No but I think everyone should be healthy and eat healthy food

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  • RockcliffeManor-logo-250x250.jpg outgoing_ibex | Rockliffe Manor Primary School
    25 Feb 2020

    In my opinion this is fair to raise the the price cause eating and drinking and junk will make you’re life shorter and might cause cancer and heart cancer smoking will make you’re life shorter we can not have because we will get diabetes

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      outgoing_ibex's comment 25 Feb 2020

      That's a well written reason, well done!

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  • RockcliffeManor-logo-250x250.jpg great_swan | Rockliffe Manor Primary School
    25 Feb 2020

    True but I think ppl should not buy . But that is my opinion

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  • RockcliffeManor-logo-250x250.jpg glad_spring | Rockliffe Manor Primary School
    25 Feb 2020

    This is a very tricky question.l also think that they should because unhealthy food is not
    and you might get sick.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      glad_spring's comment 25 Feb 2020

      Should people be allowed to choose though?

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  • RockcliffeManor-logo-250x250.jpg glad_spring | Rockliffe Manor Primary School
    25 Feb 2020

    People should stop smoking or it will cause cancer

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  • RockcliffeManor-logo-250x250.jpg glad_spring | Rockliffe Manor Primary School
    25 Feb 2020

    Thank you Olivia! Well coming back to your question, I think so

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion | Weston Favell Academy
    26 Feb 2020

    I believe that unhealthy food should not have higher prices.
    Firstly, some people may need sugary food. People who have diabetes need to have sugary food to make sure that their blood levels are okay. If you were to raise the prices of sugary food, it would be harder for them to buy it and could affect their health. This shows the tax should not be put into place because it affects people with medical conditions.
    Secondly, I believe that people should be allowed to choose what they eat. We have freedom of speech even though sometimes we can say inappropriate things so why can't we have freedom to choose between healthy and unhealthy food? It is the same principle.
    Also, we should not have a sugar tax because unhealthy food can be good for you. We need it to keep our blood levels okay. In addition, we need some fat in our bodies to keep us warm in winter months. This means we should not have a sugar tax because we need some fatty foods to stay healthy.
    In conclusion, I believe that unhealthy food should not have a tax because of medical illnesses and it could be good for you.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      honorable_conclusion's comment 26 Feb 2020

      Thank you for speaking up for this perspective. Should there be a sugar tax on sugary products aimed at younger children, though?

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  • Ormiston-Six-Villages-logo-250x250.jpg bright_sparrow | Ormiston Six Villages Academy
    26 Feb 2020

    there are valid arguments on both sides of this topic, because increasing the price will almost certainly discourage the public from purchasing the certain items, which in turn will decrease the amount of obesity, diabetes and possible heart diseases throughout the united kingdom due to the excessive weight either being lost, or ceasing from going too far. one the other hand, though, surely most of the population throughout the united kingdom are already aware to have certain aspects of food only in moderation. from time to time, the public should have the ability to have certain carbohydrates and certain levels of sugar, providing that they do not consistently have that type of food. i think that the current prices of different foods in the supermarkets are suitable and present value for money. i believe the real issue is the caffeine. i think caffeine should either be limited to age restrictions, or be increased in price. caffeine, being a legal drug, can avert concentration and has effects on the body if absorbed in high quantities such as heart palpitations. overall, my main point is that all food can potentially have positive effects on the body, as long as we are aware of what we are eating and we keep our diet balanced.

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  • Braiswick Primary School genius_musician | Braiswick Primary School
    26 Feb 2020

    I think what they did was fair to some people, but others would probably not like the idea of it but in my opinion, I think it’s unfair and fair for the government and here’s why. Some people might get enjoyment from it, for example if you have a tiring day and you’re really annoyed about something that day – it doesn’t have to be something your annoyed about. Then you want something that would take your mind off that thing that got you annoyed or something else that you didn’t like you can get an unhealthy food (something you might enjoy and would take the thought of the bad thing that happened to you off your mind while you eat the food you enjoy). Also, some foods can be used as ‘fuel’: like getting your energy higher, instead of food that can give you a sense of depression because it might be a food that doesn’t give you the enjoyment of the unhealthy food that give enjoyment instead of things that isn’t unhealthy. Also, they shouldn’t have changed the price of the unhealthy food and drinks because people can take any quantity of the food they want. The government should let the people have right to choose if they wanted to raise the price not just someone who has a lot of power (the government) to change the price of the food.

    Why I think it’s fair.

    The result of eating too much unhealthy food can be death. If you eat a lot of unhealthy food, it can cause diabetes and it is really damaging if you don’t have it being treated (it can also shorten your life). Eating junk food can get you an increased chance of getting chronic diseases like some cancer, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease and a risk of obesity. With the government increasing the price of junk food it can have a less chance of getting these diseases and can save a lot of people from it – the diseases. Some junk foods can be disguised from some healthy foods like fruit drinks can provide amount that isn’t healthy, so the government can’t stop people from eating unhealthy food because junk food lovers can always find ways to avoid the increase of money by buying a normal junk food. The government is trying to make a change to people dying by junk.

    What might have happened if they didn't change the price (short).

    It may have a result of more people dying,but that might not be the case if they didn't change the price. People might know how much junk food they're eating and may take a diet from it. So, it can cause a few more deaths depending what the knowledge the person has about how much they're eating and what the affect is. If someone had one of these chronic disease and the price of junk food wasn't changed by the government, treatment made by the NHS or any other hospital is severe and can cure the disease. If it's cured people may understand what they did that caused that diseased, but the doctor should have told them what they did to cause the disease and what they should do if they heal the patient.

    @ genius_musician

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      genius_musician's comment 26 Feb 2020

      A very in-depth look at this question! Do you think the government need to prioritise educating people about sugar instead of this?

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      1. Braiswick Primary School genius_musician | Braiswick Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 26 Feb 2020

        The government probably doesn't need to educate people about treating sugar because some people know about it already, so they can make a decision to teach other people. Also the government don't need to educate people they can just ask people who know about sugar not the government.

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  • Braiswick Primary School genius_musician | Braiswick Primary School
    26 Feb 2020

    It might not make sense in some sections because i didn't read through it that much.

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_raccoon | New Horizons Children's Academy
    26 Feb 2020

    I am predicting that it is fair to make unhealthy food and drinks more expensive as it is not fair for people eating unhealthy stuff and that might affect our body (etc. you'll vomit)and if you eat healthier things, such as carrots, it'll help your eyesight. Also, if you eat healthy things, you'll have a less possibility of throwing up.
    (Being creative, you can get free unhealthy food by trick or treating but try not to eat it in one day!)

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_blackberry | Noel Park Primary School
    27 Feb 2020

    I think it’s less about whether it’s fair or unfair to make unhealthy food and drink more expensive and more about whether it actually makes a difference.

    When I first read about the sugar tax, it sounded like a good idea. I thought that by making food more expensive, people might be less likely to buy it. I then read the article linked in the main post in which Nadiya Hussain talks about the fact that, if people want to eat unhealthy food, they are going to do so regardless of the cost. She says that, with the sugar tax in place, not only will people still be eating unhealthily, but they will also have less money, which seems to be a little bit silly…

    However, evidence does seem to suggest that making unhealthy items more expensive works. In Mexico, a soft drinks tax was introduced at the beginning of 2014 and, by December of that year, sales of soft drinks had fallen by 12%. In June 2019, there was a review of worldwide sugar taxes, which stated that on average the purchase of sugary drinks dropped by 10% when laws were introduced.

    In terms of the UK, the purpose of the sugar tax was not to directly reduce obesity but to make manufacturers consider the amount of sugar in their products (as the tax is on the manufacturer rather than on the buyer- although manufacturers could increase the prices of their products to cover these costs). Manufacturers had 2 years notice of the tax and over 50% of them took action to reduce the amount of sugar. To me, this seems like it has been pretty successful.

    Therefore, in my opinion it is fair to put a sugar tax on products that are high in sugar when this tax falls on the manufacturer rather than the buyer, as it forces manufacturers to think about making their products healthier rather than negatively affecting the finances of the general public, who would probably buy products regardless of the price.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      brilliant_blackberry's comment 27 Feb 2020

      A very good use of evidence and reasons to support your argument. Well done.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg emotional_cherry | Noel Park Primary School
    27 Feb 2020

    I think increasing the price of unhealthy foods is, in many ways, unfair. There are several reasons I have come to this conclusion.

    Firstly, people should be encouraged to eat a full range of foods in moderation and to have a balanced diet. Treats and sugary foods are, in my opinion, fine on occasion, and I’m not sure it’s fair that people are punished financially for having a treat as long as it is part of generally healthy diet. I think that, by making unhealthy foods more expensive, we are in danger of causing young people to grow up with an unhealthy view of food. We are essentially saying that it is never ok to have something unhealthy, regardless of the circumstance, and I’m sure that is a good or healthy message to send.

    Secondly, I’m not convinced it would work in the way it was intended. According to the article above, people will probably eat and drink the things they want, regardless of it going up in price by a few pence. This will mean that they are just as unhealthy as they were before but now also poorer.

    In my opinion, the government should spend more time educating people on how to have a healthy diet as well as encouraging exercise and healthy lifestyles. I feel that this would be both fairer and more effective.

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    1. Alice.jpg EXPERT: Alice Raine, Senior Associate @ Clifford Chance
      emotional_cherry's comment 27 Feb 2020

      You make an interesting point that there is a danger of young people growing up with an unhealthy view of food. Could you give an example of this?

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_meerkat | Michael Faraday School
    28 Feb 2020

    I think the government should escalate the price of sugary foods and drinks.
    Firstly because it is harmful to your body and it contains either no nutrition or very insufficient amounts. It could decrease obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.
    However I don't consider making it more expensive will reduce the amount of purchases that take place.

    But if people such as diabetic people require it as it will confirm their blood levels are in their regular height. What happens if they need sugary foods and it is more costly. That will cut a lot of money from them. If it is increased they might not be able to afford it as they require it daily this could worsen their medical problem. This shows why sugar tax should not take place.
    I am in the middle for this question.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      honorable_meerkat's comment 01 Mar 2020

      Yes, this is a potential problem isn't it? Do the dangers to diabetic people provide a strong enough reason to stopt the tax?

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo tenacious_trombone | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    02 Mar 2020

    I think it's fair to make unhealthy foods more expensive as this'll discourage people from buying them and decreases the chance of lessening diabetes, tooth decay and obesity in Britain.

    But on the other hand..

    People will be wanting to buy cheaper products and employees will get less money,
    therefore they pay less money towards tax which would affect our society with things like libraries, schools and more, so I guess it's a balanced argument in my opinion.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo cheerful_deer | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    02 Mar 2020

    Yes because then thay have to choose the health option
    When I am in tone with my family

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo cheerful_deer | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    02 Mar 2020

    I believe it is fair because the people will choose the health options
    When I am in town with my family my mum will opt for the cheaper healthier option for me and my brother if unhealthy is more expensive then the option would be better for people's well being.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo eager_tiger | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    02 Mar 2020

    I do not think it is fair to make unhealthy food and drinks more expensive because if your a poor person, you'd be forced to eat healthy food and with too much healthy food you could get sick and I'm speaking from experience because when I was younger, I ate lots of fruit and all the citric acid built up inside my body so I threw up. Some people with diabetes have to eat sweets.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_atom | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    02 Mar 2020

    I think that it is fair because people are becoming ill and if prices are increased they will doubt on weather or not to buy them because they might think they are to expensive .Another reason is that all people are really eating now is unhealthy food ;which contains really high sugar and salt levels.This means that people would stop buying them because they are to much money.If unhealthy food prices do get increased,not as many viruses and illnesses will be spread.So this means people will be much safer.Fr example the corona virus is a big event that is happening around the world and it can also be described as the plague .The corona virus is a vital thin which is killing many people and increasing the money of unhealthy foods means that people have less of a chance of getting it.It is fair because the human species and our environment will be much safer.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg witty_banana | Noel Park Primary School
    03 Mar 2020

    I don’t think it’s fair because people are still willing to buy it which means that they are paying more for the same sugary food and drink. Anyways, what is the point of making sugary foods cost more because most people would probably still buy it so it would barely have an effect on people. Also I learnt that during the sugar tax, other sugar in different foods went higher so less people bought sugary drinks and food but bought more other foods with a lot of sugar. Therefore, there was no point in the sugar tax because it basically had the same effect with and without the sugar tax. Another reason is that everyone still needs a little bit of sugar and how are poor people going to afford it? If this happens, people who cannot afford it won’t stay healthy.

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  • Preston Manor School observant_mango | Preston Manor School
    05 Mar 2020

    I believe it’s fair because it could decrease the amount of people consuming sugary goods. Some people have a certain amount of money that they are ready to spend, and this could help them start resorting to more healthier, even in the slightest, in order to stick to their budget. In a way, this helps their health.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School effervescent_otter | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    05 Mar 2020

    I think the sugar tax is a good idea because it shortens the chance of somebody buying unhealthy foods as they might notice the price rise. Some people think that turning to a veterinarian or vegan will instantly be healthy but it’s untrue as any food can be unhealthy whether it’s gluten free, vegan, or vegetarian or kosher it can still include high levels of sugar or fat. I think that once in a while you can have that sugary food if you want but that sugar tax helps prevent that becoming a daily basis. I also think the sugar tax is a good idea for young people so they can grow up living a healthy life.

    On the other hand you might think people should have to make the decision for themselves and the choice is rightfully theirs. As after all it’s them who chose to eat the high sugar food it’s hem who chose to eat it.

    After looking at the sugar tax and both sides I think the sugar tax is a really good idea and that it could possibly save a couple of lives.

    Effervescent otter

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  • Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
    06 Mar 2020

    It is not unfair to raise sugar tax as it is for the people's benefits. It would also be good if they could put it into the NHS, linking to other posts. However, increasing sugar tax is not the best way to stop people from eating sugar. Instead, they should raise awareness about how large levels of sugar can affect you.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg determined_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    07 Mar 2020

    I think that increasing the price of unhealthy foods are good because many people are getting ill and ae having health issues. You can get diabetes and obese if you eat a lot of unhealthy foods. If the government increases the price amount of the snacks and drinks not many people will buy them. If you were in the US and you had diabetes you would have to pay for treatments surgeries, medicines and more. The USA has a law saying you have to pay for things if you go to the hospital. There is a good and bad side. The good side is that the government will be able to handle the country well and everyone will get the full price of money they need because in England everyone who has a job will receive it but before they get it the government ill take some money for to give to the NHS. The bad side s that citizens that don't get enough money will have to any for anyone that goes to the hospital. People still argue about this. Lost of people who live in the UK feel happy that they get free health care but the NHS is under so much pressure and we need to help them like how they help us. The NHS has done too much and we should help them to do their job happily. So many doctors and nurses are hiding their sorrows and sadness and come to work with a smile on their faces. We should help them to get rid of those unhappy moments because we might have caused them as well. Let us make our country an even better place to live in.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      determined_orange's comment 09 Mar 2020

      Good reasons given for either side here, determined_orange!

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      1. Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg determined_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 09 Mar 2020

        Thank you. What I always think is that my reason for what I think about the subject is very important because people who are reading what I have put may think, 'what on earth is this person saying' so explaining what I have put is also very important. I felt that the government should increase the price of unhealthy things because they only do harm and I can't think of any reasons that could support the other side of my opinion. I think this should actually happen because unhealthy drinks can only harm you and the NHS is already under so much stress and we do not want to make that higher.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo entertaining_olive | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Mar 2020

    I think it's not fair that if buy sugary foods you need to pay more tax because I have diabetes so I need to have sugary foods sometimes to control my diabetes. I need to have sugary foods to survive so it's not fair if I need to pay more money when I need sugary foods to live.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School generous_clarinet | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    12 Mar 2020

    yes it will stop people eating them

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo committed_desert | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    16 Mar 2020

    If people pay more for unhealthy food then people will be more healthy which is good but then again this doesn't put people off . I'll be surprised if they look at the prices of unhealthy food like at McDonalds . People could realise that they are paying more and stop but that is unlikely because it is still very tasty. Chocolate for example everyone likes chocolate so people buy that lots and some people just buy it because they want a tasty treat .

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  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    18 Mar 2020

    I think that it is fair for the government to make unhealthy food cost

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  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    18 Mar 2020

    I think that it is fair for the government to make unhealthy food more expensive but I will explain both sides of the argument.

    Why it is fair.

    Unhealthy food is obviously not good for you. It can cause:

    Being overweight or obese, tooth decay, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke, type-2 diabetes, osteoporosis, some forms of cancer, depression and eating disorder.
    All of these things are life changing and no one wants to get them but this also impacts the NHS. They will have to spend more money for treatment on people who have caused their own problems which an addiction to unhealthy food and making these foods cost more solves this issue. If the NHS spend more money on the people who do have these addictions, they wont have enough to treat people who have not done any harm or damaged their body on purpose and can’t do anything about it. The reason this helps is that it will make these people have a consequence for their actions and the amount of money needed might force them to stop before the diseases can cause harm to them by putting them a bit financially unstable but with no health issues. I would definitely prioritise health over sugary food.

    On the other hand, it doesn’t help the majority of people who don’t have an addiction. People may want a treat but can’t afford to loose money and don’t feel happy. It wouldn’t be fair for the people who don’t have the addiction and people couldn’t enjoy what they want. Also, people have freedom to do pretty much what they want with their lives and are allowed to do anything to make them enjoy their lives because it won’t go on forever. Unhealthy food might be something they want to enjoy and brings them happiness. Another reason is that unhealthy food was the very cheap but increasing the amount of money needed is taxing the poor because it might be all they can afford to eat but now they have nothing so will starve if no one is generous.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      determined_shrimp's comment 18 Mar 2020

      A very reasoned set of arguments, determined_shrimp, well done!

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg storytelling_eel | Evelyn Street Primary School C
    18 Mar 2020

    I think that it's not really fair because some people will still buy those unhealthy foods and then they'll get sick, and after that they'll have to go to the doctors and will have stomach aches and if it gets worse, they may not go to work/ school, and they will be most likely to miss out on important things, or they could waste up their money just on unhealthy food.

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  • Hammond School logo jolly_seahorse | Hammond Junior School A
    19 Mar 2020

    No because you can't control people's diets

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  • Hammond School logo focused_blackberry | Hammond Junior School C
    07 Apr 2020

    I have mixed opinions on this, so I will show both sides of the argument in my comment.

    I think that it is not fair because people should be free to eat what they want without paying more money, and it is very hard to change what someone eats, so even if they have to pay an extra ‘sugar tax’ they would probably still buy sweets and unhealthy food. I also think it is unfair because if someone was looking forward to having a sweet as a treat, as they had the right amount of money, but then being told no because they had to pay extra because of the amount of sugar. This could make people angry at the government and they could start to rebel so they could just eat what they wanted to.

    I think that it could be fair because if it were made more expensive, then yes, some people would still buy it but equally some people would stop. This would prevent them from having an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, so they would never have to go to the NHS because of it, therefore the NHS can spend more time on more serious cases hey had, instead of someone who just has an unhealthy lifestyle.

    Overall, to conclude I think that it is mostly not fair, as the government should not have control over what we eat and what we do, so they have no right to try and change people’s diet or lifestyle; they should just be left to eat what they want.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo illuminated_ibex | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Apr 2020

    I think the government should increase the price for junk food because if people eat too much sugary foods & drinks they could get type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer etc. I’m pretty sure that you wouldn’t want all those terrible things.

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  • Arjan Bains.jfif EXPERT: Arjan Bains, Senior Audit Associate @ KPMG
    17 Apr 2020

    Well reasoned arguments, focused_blackberry. I can see how you've arrived at your conclusion.

    I personally think that it's important that we have choice as individuals ,but you've clearly identified there Is a problem due to many people living unhealthy lifestyles. Are there ways in which people can be encouraged to live healthier lives without having to ban or impose taxes on "unhealthy" foods?

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  • global-conversation.png secure_meteor | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    17 May 2020

    I think it is not fair for the government to make unhealthy foods more expensive because most people depend on them. This leads to a negative impact on the population and protests abound in the country due to high prices. People cannot buy because there is a gap between wages and prices. This causes a recession in the market that leads to weakening the country's economy and not facing crises. When raising prices, the state must raise people's wages

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