NHS Offer Soft Drink

When it comes to health, there is not one solution that is going to make a person feel at their best or ensure the population is in great condition. There are many different factors involved with staying healthy and well, and there are many problems to overcome. This is one of the pressures facing the NHS; there is so much ground to cover that it becomes practically impossible to do everything that is required to ensure people have an improved chance of leading a healthier and happier life.

However, the NHS is taking steps and small changes in many different directions will help to have an impact. Of course, while the NHS and medical professionals can offer guidance and advice all hours of the day and night, they still need patients to take on board what is being said by the doctors and nurses. No matter what a medical professional tells a patient, if the patient goes away and carries on their previous behaviour or ignores the medical advice they have been given, there will be no improvement and it is likely that the patient’s condition will deteriorate. As much as there is a need for the NHS to do more, there is a need for the people of the UK to do more, and sometimes this leads to severe action.

Is enough being done?

There are complaints that the steps being taken by NHS England, where they have requested retailers in hospital outlets to minimise the level of sugary soft drinks on offer has been criticised by many people. There is always a “freedom” argument cited when people have their options limited but you can see why the NHS would want to limit these options.  However, there has also been criticism from the British Medical Association who believes that the measures proposed by the NHS don’t go far enough. It may be that when suffer criticism for going too far and not going far enough that you have actually made the correct decision in the middle of these viewpoints, but this indicates the constant pressure the NHS is under.

The proposal made by NHS England is that retailers limit fizzy drinks amount to no more than 10% of the beverages sold by the outlets by April 2018. This proposal is set to include cans, bottles and even coffees made with sugar syrup. It is clear that many people will be impacted upon by these new limits, including the retailers, but there is a wider argument about the damage being caused by these sugary drinks. There is a huge amount of sugar included in some of these cans and for many people, drinking a soft drink doesn’t make them consider calories in the same way that eating does, which means many people are placing their health and weight under serious pressure due to these drinks.

July 9, 2017

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