However 45% do not believe a sugar tax will lower rates of childhood obesity

The last year has seen large retailers such as Boots and Aldi introduce restrictions on the sale of energy drinks to under 16s, and a nationally representative survey of 1001 people carried out by iReach has found widespread support for such limitations.

The Irish Government is yet to introduce similar proposals that would apply nationwide.

The research results found that 72% of people in Ireland believe that banning energy drinks for those under the age of 16 is a good idea.

In Britain the government has already stated its intent to introduce such a blanket ban in the coming months.

Less consensus exists on the prospect of a sugar tax, with 45% who do not feel that such a charge would help to lower the obesity rates of children in Ireland.

Nonetheless, 34% are more positive about the potential impact of a sugar tax, and there is a large disparity in views across different age groups as 45% of those aged between 18 and 34 support the idea compared with only 29% of over 55s.

40% of males in Ireland back the introduction of a sugar tax whereas only 27% of females say that a sugar tax could reduce rates of child obesity.

An enormous 89% of respondents think that children and teenagers should do more sports in school as well as learn more about healthy living.

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