Johannesburg - Poverty was the root of obesity as it made people consume sugared drinks instead of 100 percent real fruit juice, according to Food and Allied Workers Union general secretary Katishi Masemola.
Workers in the food industry mounted a campaign against the proposed sugar tax yesterday. They marched to the National Treasury in Pretoria to hand over their memorandum of demands.
They called for the Treasury to convene a summit to deal with obesity and the causes of non-communicable diseases.
The union proposed that the government invite various stakeholders to discuss how to address obesity.