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Australia: Obesity experts call for price rise in fight against epidemic

A 10 percent tax on soft drinks, confectionery and potato chips is needed to fight surging obesity rates, Melbourne researchers say in an opinion piece published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

They are calling for a junk food tax to mimic tobacco tax, which has been shown to reduce smoking rates. They argue that the existing focus on “individual behaviour change” will do little to curb spiralling obesity rates.

Read the abstract: Medical Journal of Australia, 18 Oct 2010

Read more: Herald Sun, 18 Oct 2010

Published on October 18, 2010 in Australian news