WA Community Support For Sugary Drinks Tax

Posted 30 Oct 2018.


Results from our LiveLighter survey canvassed community views on sugar-sweetened beverages to identify consumer habits and assess support for proposed regulations.

The survey found that 57 per cent of respondents are in favour of taxing sugary drinks.

Further to this, 60 per cent of respondents are in favour of Government restricting the sale and marketing of sugary drinks in government-owned buildings such as hospitals and public recreation centres.

Our Cancer Prevention and Research Director Melissa Ledger said there was a clear link between the overconsumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and rates of overweight and obesity.

"We know that sugary drinks have little or no nutritional value and may lead to weight gain, which can increase the risk of a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease and a range of cancers," Ms Ledger said.

"Reducing obesity requires an integrated approach across different sectors, including improving the availability and access to nutritious food and reducing exposure to marketing of less healthy food options.

"The average can of soft drink contains nine teaspoons of sugar and can undo the benefits of an otherwise healthy diet. This amount of sugar is more than double the daily recommended amount of added sugar for an adult, and we know some people don't stop at one can.

"Two-thirds of WA adults are overweight or obese, which is an alarming, major public health issue that we must address. We want to work with community and government to find ways to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages."

The Government's new Healthy Options Policy will come into effect on October 31 restricting the sale of sugary drinks in hospital settings.

"This great step will provide the right environment for people to make better choices about what they consume, and will play an important role in halting our increasing obesity rates."

Read more about our LiveLighter Campaign here.

Read more about excess weight and increased cancer risk, here.


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