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To Lower Australia's Rising Obesity Rates, Tax Soft Drinks

Health & Wellness  (tags: Australia, Rising, Rates, Tax, Soft Drinks )

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To battle Australia's rising obesity rates, American psychologist Kelly Brownell suggested a tax on soft drinks at the 46th Australian Psychological Association's yearly conference on Wednesday.


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Carol Dreeszen (346)
Tuesday October 4, 2011, 10:58 pm
I doubt if that will stop people from drinking Coke! Thanks Agnes!

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 12:00 am
Thanks Agnes

Carmen S (611)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 1:11 am
Thanks Agnes, it's a great idea, but I doubt it will have much impact.

Ralph F (70)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 1:40 am
Noted. Thanks for the report.

Vallee R (280)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 5:15 am
Worth a try... thanks. Noted.

Abo r (107)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 8:03 am
Good to loose wt.
Alone will not help.

. (0)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 10:21 am
Thanks Agnes...interesting article

Helmut H (28)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 10:23 am
Thanks Agnes, but I don't think it makes any changes in the consumption of Coca Cola.

Gravitas S (7)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 11:06 am
Kelly Brownell is an idiot! And they have an agenda. It is NOT about fighting obesity. It is about leaching the public dry with more money going to gov and the power-elite and making it look like it is for their own good. Many Australian papers have claimed they are now the fattest country in the world (it is a marketing trick), but their longevity rate is second only to Japan!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 11:17 am
Thanks Agnes, when I was a youngster people did not drink soft drinks as much as they do now, tea was always the favoured drink.

Erin R (181)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 11:21 am
Thank you, Agnes!

Jerry B (128)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 3:09 pm
Noted thanks Agnes!

Christia F (158)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 3:30 pm
Noted. Thank you for sharing. Hugs, Tia

Ingrid A (524)
Wednesday October 5, 2011, 10:30 pm
I don't think that would help either. Thanks for sharing Agnes.

patricia lasek (317)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 7:34 am
It won't stop people from unhealthy habits.

Carol H (229)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 12:33 pm
interesting but I doubt it will work

Bob P (394)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 12:47 pm
thanks but doubt taxes will stop people unless they are extreamly high

Thursday October 6, 2011, 6:33 pm
Thanks Anges

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 6, 2011, 7:25 pm
Good to know. Thanks.

Pat Vee (13)
Friday October 7, 2011, 12:45 am
noted ty for the info.

Start Bas (22)
Friday October 7, 2011, 4:19 am
great idea, maybe it is kind of a long shot but why shouldn't they try? noted

Rita B (2)
Friday October 7, 2011, 4:37 am
i guess this won't result!

Mike H (252)
Friday October 7, 2011, 9:57 am
How about people just eat less?

Joe R (190)
Friday October 7, 2011, 10:31 am
Why not just weigh people once / year and tax them for the amount they exceed a BMI of 25? And they can pay for their fat kids, too.

Brenda Towers (0)
Friday October 7, 2011, 11:06 am
noted with interest.

. (0)
Friday October 7, 2011, 1:41 pm
I was in agreement with this article, then the writer blew it when he stated that fruit drinks had a large amount of sugar in them as well. After soda, where are they headed: taxing potato chips, packaged cakes....The concept is right, they just need to fine tune it.
By the way, has the Australian gov. looked into the amount of fast food consumed?

Angela W (27)
Friday October 7, 2011, 8:14 pm
Totally agree, if done carefully and correctly. Education MUST accompany the tax (before and during the tax).

Thanks for the healthy post.

Michael M (5)
Friday October 7, 2011, 9:18 pm
Noted: But I wonder if it would actually work... 1 can is 12 cents and if you are going to be drinking soda, that is not much of an incentive NOT to.

To compare with cigarettes, the 'tax' in some places was increased to a point, a pack of smokes equaled over $7.00 a pack. Yeah, THAT made some people smoke less or quit smoking. So I am not sure it's fair to compare soda tax of .01 an ounce...

Walter Firth (45)
Friday October 7, 2011, 11:48 pm
Thanks Agnes.Aren't we taxed enough.What idiot dreamt up this one. Thanks to the looney greens it looks like we will get a carbon dioxide tax,How about a tax on the water we drink and the air we breathe.

Jeannette Gravett (4)
Saturday October 8, 2011, 5:11 am
This is a daft idea. The cure for obesity is a change of mind and heart - learning how to eat and drink healthily and exercise regularly. Taxing soft drinks is like putting a plaster on an infected wound which needs to be cleaned from the inside.

Tracey O (38)
Saturday October 8, 2011, 5:14 pm
A tax on soda would do nothing to keep me from drinking my Coke. I love it & I am not obese & It would not deter me one bit. It's my body & I happen to enjoy sodas. They upped the tax on cigarettes & I did not quit smoking. You have to want to quit for that to work. I am fully aware that smoking is bad for me but I am not ready to quit. Call me crazy. Tax soda all you wish but I won't give them up because I love them. How about a tax on liquor?

Donna Hamilton (159)
Saturday October 8, 2011, 7:49 pm
Can't see this having much effect. Governments introduce these stealth taxes merely to swell their own coffers.

Sunday October 9, 2011, 7:47 am
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