Tax chocolate says Scottish doctor
A family doctor from Scotland has called for a tax to be set on chocolate to help pay for the fight with obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The doc thinks a system should be set-up similar to cigarettes and alcohol.
Food scientist and nutritionist Dr Walker told the BBC news website: "Obesity is a mushrooming problem. We are heading the same way as the United States.
"There is an explosion of obesity and the related medical conditions, like type 2 diabetes. I see chocolate as a major player in this, and I think a tax on products containing chocolate could make a real difference."
A Scottish GP has called for chocolate to be taxed in the same way as alcohol and cigarettes to tackle increasing levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Dr David Walker, a GP in Lanarkshire, said many people eat their entire daily calorie requirement in chocolate, on top of their normal meals.
The doctor said chocolate used to be seen as a "treat" but had now become an harmful addiction for some.
He will put his proposals to colleagues at a BMA conference in Clydebank.