Qualitative insights into Australian consumers’ views for and against government action on sugary drinks
Despite significant evidence of harms associated with high levels of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption, and international moves towards regulation to curb overconsumption of such drinks, Australia has been slow to take policy action. This study provides in-depth insights into consumers’ reactions to different SSB policy...
The management of the obesity crisis in Australia is a national and economic priority, and Australia’s response to it must be commensurate with the breadth of its prevalence and and major impacts it has on individuals and society. This report outlines economic modelling of the...
Australia's peak body for social services has released its tax reform election policy. It is calling for an end to tax loopholes for the wealthy in order to fund investment in our essential services and income support system.
The final report makes 22 recommendations to government, including establishing a National Obesity Taskforce, reviewing food labelling and dietary guidelines, introducing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, restricting TV advertising, and supporting related health promotion activities.
Alison Watkins, the group managing director of Coca-Cola Amatil, has argued against a sugar tax, emphasising that despite a fall in the consumption of added sugars since 1995, obesity rates have continued to rise.
This report provides an assessment of the evidence for sugar taxes as a fiscal instrument to improve health. Forty-seven peer-reviewed studies and working papers published in the last five years were reviewed, summarised and assessed for key methodological issues.
Support for food policy initiatives is associated with knowledge of obesity-related cancer risk factors
This study looks at the impact awareness about links between obesity and cancer have on public support for food policy initiatives, like better labeling or taxes on unhealthy foods.
Australia should introduce a tax on sugary drinks to recoup some of the costs of obesity to the community. The best option is an excise tax of 40 cents per 100 grams of sugar, on all non-alcoholic, water-based drinks that contain added sugar. Such a...
This paper aims to estimate the consequences of an additional 20% tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) on health and health care expenditure. Participants were adult (aged > = 20) Australians alive in 2010, who were modelled over their remaining lifetime. We used lifetable-based epidemiological modelling...
On the occasion of World Health Day 2016, WHO issues a call for action on diabetes, drawing attention to the need to step up prevention and treatment of the disease. The first WHO Global report on diabetes demonstrates that the number of adults living with...
The United Kingdom announced on 16 March that it will be implementing a new tax on sugary drinks. The country is not alone with this development: France, Belgium, Hungary and Mexico all have a form of tax on sugar-laden drinks.