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GPs debate chocolate tax

GPs at a conference in Glasgow today (Thursday 12 March 2009) narrowly defeated a motion to tax chocolate.

Although the debate recognised the need to address Scotland's soaring obesity levels, the motion, which called for chocolate to be taxed in the same way as alcohol, was lost by just two votes.

Dr David Walker, a GP in Airdrie, said:

"I am disappointed that the motion was not supported by conference, however, I am pleased that it has stimulated debate on obesity and the worryingly high levels of diabetes in Scotland.

"A little of what you fancy may do you some good, but as nearly one in four people in Scotland are obese, lack of physical activity, an unhealthy diet and larger portion sizes are clearly taking their toll on the health of Scotland. "