That was the warning today from university diabetes experts who are researching new ways to help people understand the need to cut back to avoid obesity and disease.
Dr Claire Marriott, Senior Lecturer in the university’s College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences, said the sugary drinks tax could help but warned: “It is very limited if we don’t help people to actually understand why they shouldn’t be eating too much sugar.
“Although by no means solely responsible, sugary drinks have been identified as being a major contributing factor to the obesity epidemic.
“The effectiveness of a sugary drinks tax in other countries has been researched; while some studies suggest it has helped reduce overall weight, more recent data suggests sales (in Mexico) may not have been affected after all. It is worth noting though that with such high numbers of people being overweight, if it helps just a small per cent this is still very positive.