Calls for sugar tax to curb childhood obesity

Concerns regarding health risks related to increasing childhood obesity has prompted calls for a sugar tax to be introduced as a preventative measure.

702's Xolani Gwala speaks to paediatric endocrinologist, Dr David Segal, about the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

Childhood diabetes is growing at between 3 to 4 percent a year in children around the world.

Dr David Segal, paediatric endocrinologist

...We've proven increased tax on alcohol reduces alcoholism, we've proven that increased tax on cigarettes reduce smoking... But it would make you think twice about before buying cheap refined foods like cereals and soft drinks.

Dr David Segal, paediatric endocrinologist

There's definitely a link between increased glucose intake and obesity, diabetes and numerous other health risks. It's worse than cigarette smoking in fact.

Dr David Segal, paediatric endocrinologist

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