Days after the UK's Labour government unveiled plans to charge bankers a one-off tax for bonuses of over £25,000 ($40,700), health campaigners called for the government to tax carbonated cold drinks such as cola to curb the nation's growing obesity problem.
High-calorie drinks and a lack of exercise are partly to blame for one in five children in England being overweight, London newspaper The Times reported.
"Surely we should now bite the bullet and put a tax on fizzy drinks," Tam Fry from the National Obesity Forum, told the Times. "In America they now regard fizzy drinks as much as responsible for calorie intake as fatty foods."
If you taxed soda, it would be reminding people exactly what they are doing to their waistlines, he added.