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Why the sugar tax won’t stop people getting fat

One of my favourite pastimes at the Ladies Pond on Hampstead Heath is ogling the other women’s bodies. While there are a startling number of born bikini models, there are other types of bodies here, too, and of all ages, ranging from the shapely and plump to the downright enormous.

My advice to those who were outraged last week at Boris Johnson’s idea of reconsidering ‘sin taxes’ on fatty and sugary food (and at health secretary Matt Hancock’s support for doing so) is this: spend a few summer afternoons at the Ladies Pond. You will soon see that whether a milkshake is £2 or £3 is a weird thing to obsess about.

The Pond’s meadow, you see, presents a magical scene of vast numbers of near-naked...

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