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Weight management specialist appeal to Welsh Government to tax unhealthy foods

Over a half of UK population may be obese by 2050, according to UK Government report. Recently, Dr Nadim Haboubi, a weight management specialist, came up with an original idea to tackle the alarming raise of overweight and obesity in Wales.

 “Why don’t we put tax on unhealthy food? Like the way we do on cigarettes and alcohol,” said Dr Haboubi for BBC.

He appealed to the Welsh government to tax fatty foods as well as provide lower prices on healthier foodstuffs to motivate Welsh people to eat better.

Being overweight or obese may cause a wide range of chronic diseases, principally type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer, warns NHS Wales.

The Welsh Government told the BBC they have no power to levy tax.