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Jane Bates: What the sugar tax can’t change

Despite the best efforts of government and healthcare staff, sometimes the message doesn’t get through
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Despite the best efforts of government and healthcare staff, sometimes the message doesn’t get through

One thing I love about nurses is the way we don’t judge people. Patients come to us at their most vulnerable, trusting us with secrets they haven’t even disclosed to their nearest and dearest, and we never condemn.

But I recently saw something that made me bristle with disapproval, like a maiden aunt at an orgy.

The weather was perfect, the setting idyllic and, after a lengthy hike, we stopped for a picnic – a banana and some chocolate truffles, if you must know. Hardly an exemplary diet, but a family beside us in the car park made me feel positively virtuous.

Sitting outside their camper van, they were tucking into the most enormous burgers, dripping with mayonnaise and other gloop.

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