Soft drinks and fruit juices both contain lots of sugar. But these drinks don't make us feel full, so consuming them can contribute to obesity and diabetes.
Energy and soft drinks are known to contribute to the rise in obesity worldwide. They can be especially harmful to children. It is no wonder, therefore, that the call to ban them for people under 16 is getting louder.
Take a quick walk through a supermarket and it's easy to see why more than half of Germans are overweight. And why politicians face a huge challange to encourage the food industry to sell healthier products.
The tax has been put in place to help curb obesity levels, as one in three children leaves primary school overweight. The Treasury says recipe alterations have already cut out 45 million kilograms of sugar per year.
The German consumer watchdog Foodwatch has accused Coca-Cola of denying the obvious health damage caused by its soft drinks. But the government has no plans for a UK-style sugar tax.
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