Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The ADA joins the call for a tax on sugary drinks

The Australian Dental Association is among 10 leading health and community organisations asking the Federal Government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks.

The group of organisations signed a joint position statement calling for a health levy on sugary drinks.
Sugary drink consumption can lead to tooth decay, and it increases the risk of other health problems such as obesity.
The proposed levy on sugary drinks forms part of a comprehensive approach to fighting Australia’s growing obesity epidemic, with obesity an established risk factor for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and certain cancers.
The group proposes the revenue generated from the levy be used to support public education campaigns and initiatives to prevent chronic disease and address childhood obesity. 
The 10 organisations – all partners of the Rethink Sugary Drink campaign ­– are:
  • The Australian Dental Association
  • Cancer Council Australia
  • Dental Hygienists Association of Australia
  • Diabetes Australia
  • The Heart Foundation
  • Kidney Health Australia
  • Obesity Policy Coalition
  • Stroke Foundation
  • Parents’ Voice
  • YMCA. 
Read the media release.