Cameron Doesn't Want Big Fat Lies
The government will consider introducing a "fat tax" to tackle Britain's growing obesity levels, the prime minister, David Cameron, has said.
Cameron said drastic action was needed to prevent health costs soaring and life expectancy falling.
He added: "I am worried about the costs to the health service, [and] the fact that some people are going to have shorter lives than their parents."
He warned that obesity was on the verge of overtaking smoking and drinking as the biggest health challenge facing Britain.
"Don't rule anything out, but let's look at the evidence and let's look at the impact on families," he added.
Yes - let's look at the evidence - life expectancy is rising, that's why there is the panic over pensions. Some people won't live as long as their parents, that has always been true, but it doesn't mean there is an epidemic, nor that taxes will keep them alive.