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Australia: How to curb obesity – AMA plan

Getting Obesity Under Control – AMA Position Statement on Obesity

The Australian Medical Association is calling on the food industry to take more responsibility in curbing Australia’s obesity epidemic. It wants supermarkets to change the way they present their products by putting healthier items in more prominent positions. Supermarkets could also offer special prices on healthier foods. Other measures are also needed. These include:

  • banning the advertising of junk food to children
  • putting higher taxes on junk food and sugary drinks and subsidising fruit and vegetables
  • providing a simple labelling system for packaged food such as the “traffic-light” system.

Read more: Media release, Australian Medical Association, 5 May 2008

Read the AMA Position Statement: Obesity – 2008

Australia: Tax junk, subsidise fruit: AMA

Read more: The Australian, 3 May 2008

Published on May 5, 2008 in Australian news