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GPs vote down 'chocolate tax' call...but only just

A Scottish GP's call for a tax to be imposed on chocolate as a way of helping stem rising levels of obesity and diabetes has been narrowly defeated at the annual Scottish LMCs conference.

Dr David Walker, a GP in Lanarkshire with a special interest in nutrition, proposed the motion at the conference in Clydebank today.

Calling for a similar tax to those levied on alcohol, Dr Walker said many people ate half of their entire daily calorie allowance in one sitting by munching through a bag of chocolates.

However the motion was lost by just two votes.

Dr Walker 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.'

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