Universal Journal of Public Health Vol. 5(5), pp. 242 - 247
DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2017.050506
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Introducing a Sugar Tax, Morally Justifiable? A Debate on the Introduction of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy


Charlotte Cliffe *
The Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London, UK

ABSTRACT

Obesity is increasing throughout the world's population and has been associated with a number of diseases, from cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke to cancer and respiratory diseases [1, 2]. In the United Kingdom, an astonishing 62% of the population was classified as obese or overweight in 2015 [3]. Complications of obesity have resulted in high rates of morbidity and mortality. The announcement last year that the UK government is to impose a tax on sugar is an attempt to tackle this problem; therefore, it is a timely moment to discuss the justifications and ramifications of this, from a moral point of view. This essay will analyse whether obesity can be considered a public health matter and discuss the ethical challenges and criticisms that paternalistic interventions, designed to combat this epidemic may encounter, focusing on the sugar tax.

KEYWORDS
Public Health, Sugar Tax, Policy, Autonomy

Cite This Paper in IEEE or APA Citation Styles
(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Charlotte Cliffe , "Introducing a Sugar Tax, Morally Justifiable? A Debate on the Introduction of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy," Universal Journal of Public Health, Vol. 5, No. 5, pp. 242 - 247, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2017.050506.

(b). APA Format:
Charlotte Cliffe (2017). Introducing a Sugar Tax, Morally Justifiable? A Debate on the Introduction of the UK Soft Drinks Industry Levy. Universal Journal of Public Health, 5(5), 242 - 247. DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2017.050506.