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Australia: Abbott says soft drinks are major contributor to childhood obesity

Abbott takes a hard line on soft drinks

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Health Minister Tony Abbott has singled out soft drinks as a major contributor to childhood obesity. He says a taxpayer-funded campaign warning of the dangers of regular consumption is likely soon.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Nov 2006

Abbott lashes Coca-Cola over child obesity

Australian Health Minister Tony Abbott told a Melbourne conference that “soft drinks were harmful and should disappear from fridges in Australian homes within 10 years.”

He also said that the Government would announce plans within the next few months to spread the message that soft drinks have no place in a healthy diet.

Read more: The Age, 14 Nov 2006

FOE COMMENTS:

FOE agrees that soft drinks have no place in children’s diets. However, we do not agree that a solely educational approach is the best means of achieving this.

Education alone will have little impact, but would have a role in supporting a reduction in soft drink consumption brought about by restrictions on advertising and the removal of soft drinks from schools.

Read why we believe regulation is required in our submission to the Health Select Committee Inquiry into Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in New Zealand (PDF) (Sections 5.2 and 7.2)

Published on November 14, 2006 in Australian news