Leading doctors have called for a new fat tax – a in a bid to curb the growing levels of obesity. However, the call for such a direct form of intervention sits at odds with the new government’s proposals to “nudge” people into making the right decisions regarding healthy eating. Senior medical figures are understood to want to see fast food outlets being banned from opening up near schools, in a raft of interventionist measures. Professor Terence Stephenson, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said the consumption of unhealthy food should be seen as just as damaging as smoking or binge drinking. He added: “Thirty years ago it would have been inconceivable to have imagined a ban on smoking in the workplace or in pubs, and yet we have that right now. “Are we willing to be just as courageous in the respect of obesity. I would suggest that we should be.” The Observer, p1