Sugar Tax? Yes, please.

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Even though Australia is one of the fattest countries in the world, it still obstinately refuses to seriously consider a tax on sugar including sugary drinks and sugary foods. Twenty eight countries so far have put a tax on sugar. Mexico, another country with enormously large people, introduced it in 2014. Seven US cities and several US states also introduced some form of penalty on sugar.

Anyone who has ever visited Australian shopping malls could not but have noticed the rapid increase in morbidly obese people. They also are getting younger. It is now not uncommon to see large swollen babies in prams being pushed by very obese parents. While there might be other contributing factors for this obesity epidemic, sugar certainly is one of them. Lack of exercise another one!

It is estimated the obesity problem is costing Australia 5.3 billion a year. Even a modest increase in the cost of sugar would return $ 500 million annually.

I could not have been prouder as a Dutch-born Australian than when Australia tackled and won a battle against the giants of the Cigarette and Tobacco industry. Australia was now leading the world. They gave us us a well deserved standing ovation. It was Julia Gillard and her minister, Nicola Roxon, who decided to  stand up for the health of its voters and won. It cost the Gillard Government almost 40 million to fight Phillip Morris.

Gillard and Roxon surely would have to be best politicians of all time. How many lives have they saved from the dreaded lung cancer? Why is this government so loath to follow suit? Thousands of people are getting diabetes of their addiction to sugar. The law to package cigarettes in Logo free and drab brown coloured packaging is helping to prevent and reduce smoking. Many countries including the European Union have followed Australia’s lead in controlling tobacco sales.

The same could be done with sugary drinks. Have them logo free and the liquid drab brown coloured. Put a tax on them equal to cigarettes and watch the shopping malls return to having a more svelte looking shopping crowd…

Of course there will always be large people around, and genetics, as with so much else, has a lot to do with that. This article is to do with the morbidly obese. People who are still walking around but are dying of obesity. Surely, a responsible government could follow so many countries that are now reaping the benefits of sugar tax and have a healthier population?

Sadly , our opposition, the Labor Party is opposed to a sugar tax and feel that personal choices should be made. But walking around, it is obvious that people’s healthy choices against the might of the sugar industry’s advertising might, fails miserably.

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-07/calls-for-a-sugar-tax-are-back-so-it-is-going-to-happen/9309386

 

 

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28 Responses to “Sugar Tax? Yes, please.”

  1. freefall852 Says:

    Agree, Gerard…when one sneaks a vouyerists glance into the shopping trolley of some people, you can see the ghastly multi-coloured bottles of those sugary drinks..and in too many cases, the person pushing the trolley ought to know better.
    But there is another concern I have when I give a sidelong glance into the contents of those trolleys…there is another product there…perhaps a continuety from those junk-food items also visible…and that is the mega-jumbo oacks of toilet paper!
    One sees these mega packs towering over the pre-cooked meals of pizza, lasagna or even six-pack blocks of the humble pie….What do they do with so much dunny paper…please! no suggestions..it is a rhetorical question!

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    • Big M Says:

      Big appetites are linked to enormous stools.

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      • freefall852 Says:

        I asked you not to tell me that!

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        A stool tax is already been taken care of, Big M. It falls under Water and Sewage Counsel rates. Check it out!
        Of course, a sub-category might have to be made for extra large stool contributors. Or, should that be a refund?

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      • Big M Says:

        Yes, I had an argument with Hunter Water about the stool tax. Previously there was a ‘discharge surcharge’ which was a percentage of the water used which assumed more water used equals more effluent generated. They swapped to a system based on the diameter of one’s sewerage pipe, being 100 mm equalled $640 PA. I took umbrage, as the house was unoccupied because it was up for sale. About $64 per piss was my estimate.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        That’s outrageous, Big M. Have you thought of taking a firm stool to Consumer’s Affairs, and teach them a lesson? I have heard of similar cases whereby discounts were given to unoccupied houses.

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      • Big M Says:

        We had an enormous electricity bill on that unoccupied house. They wouldn’t listen that it was wrong. We eventually paid for an electrician to assess the meter, proving that it was OK, then paid for an extra meter reading. Eventually an amended bill was posted with a more reasonable charge (excuse the pun), but no apology, no admission of an error, just pay within 21 days.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        So typical. I had my license suspended just like that. Turned out that my yearly medical assessment somehow went astray. I got it fixed but no apology. My bowel movement was rather loose after that.

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      • Therese Trouserzoff Says:

        Not just stools, I’ve seen a few chairs disappear under some enormously fat arses. Funny in malls. Not so funny in air transport,

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, those enormous twenty-four packs of toilet paper have me intrigued too. Are they in sympathy of those pre-cooked and pre-digested sauces and lasagne packs?
      I did visit a Paris toilet once avec sans papier. I ended up using cheques (unsigned) from my check book.

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      • freefall852 Says:

        Not wanting to “singularise” the conversation, but with toilet paper, it is a unique product in that it is a “single use” intent product…
        Sure, like a 3 inch fat nail can be used as fuse-wire when you want to run an extra heavy duty power-tool that would melt the recommended wire, so can one use toilet paper for other things…I should imagine…though another reason does not spring to mind at the moment..I am sure there are those financially frugal souls here who know of several…oh..I just thought of one..: you could “re-load” an empty tissue-box with them..
        But truly, it has to be some sort of giveaway as to one’s state of healthy bowel excretiance when you parade around the supermarket with such voluminous numbers of dunny paper rolls.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Yes, but I am sure no sugar is used in toilet paper, Jo. Have you thought of filling a Kleenex box and give it to your fiend at Aim? You know she is a sociopath that has given us and many others a lot of grief. Don’t ever reply would be my advise. She delights in unhinging people. She has multiple aliases and computers. Don’t give her the oxygen!
        I am amazed that those running Aim haven’t cottoned on to her. But, like sociopaths, they can be charming and skilful and manipulating. That’s why they sometimes succeed.

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  2. leggypeggy Says:

    I’d have no problem with a sugar tax. I also think labelling on things such as sugary drinks should be more explicit about just how much sugar is in the stuff.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Peggy. Good to get back to sugar tax. I don’t know that this hasn’t been achieved yet. Proper labelling is essential. Sugar drinks and so called fruit juices could do with health warnings. Each can of coke has six spoonful of sugar.

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  3. freefall852 Says:

    Down the Aisle..
    Your shopping correspondent.
    I see how they do it now..those cunning shelf planners in the supermarkets…How they do product placement in such a way, with the colour-coordination of similar shaped products with their labels all lined up at eye-level and the shiny, bright, flickering labels catching your eye like it does…combined with a cunning and devious use of the fluro lighting from above..A walk down the aisle of the supermarket can be as mesmerising as a hypnotist’s swinging fob-watch!
    You become mesmerised by the shiny packaging and the glinting light of the fluros off them so that you cannot even see the product you first set out to buy even when you are standing right in front of the bloody things!!….I mean..THERE THEY ARE!..staring you in the face but you can’t see them because you have just been hypnotised by the continuing stream of another product mesmerising your mind and now instead of purchasing those cotton-wool buds you came down the chemist products aisle to get, you find you have an almost insatiable urge to buy and instantly consume two dozen economy sized boxes of “choco flavoured laxettes”!
    Another trick they get you on is the smell-factor…: You’ve been at the shopping for nearly an hour now and the old tummy suddenly starts churning and pushing the “hungreeee” button, just as you reach the cheese counter then on your way past the cooked chicken display…and you can just bet they have some sort of tricky fan there stoked with an msg enhancing chicken scent wafting out over the aisle and creating a olfactory riot amongst the dieting young first-time mothers who have just had babies and are trying to get the bod’ back into shape so they can squeeze back into that size 12 swimsuit they used to fit…it’s cruel..
    But if you reckon the health/medical supplies aisle is bad, you wait till you hit the lollies and chocolate dept’!…It’s no accident they have that glinty cellophane wrapper on the lollies..all tumbling out of those little “self-help” boxes like pixies and elves just wanting to frolic about on your taste-buds and help pile on those pounds! …and the chocolate blocks with that golden sheen stroking your vision like a demented Barbara Eden in “I dream of Jeannie”…and don’t tell me it’s just an electrical fault that the fluros flicker in just THAT aisle..so that the hypnotic “voices” calling you from the bars of “Old Gold”(70 % cocoa) , or the crispy wrapped “Mega Mix” of the Ferrero Rocher shelf is a relentless cooee to the ancient animal carnivore in us all crying ; “EAT THE FLESH!…EAT THE FLESH!” sending the more weak-willed chocoholics into a weeping frenzy..(I’ve see it, I tell you!!), tearing wildly at the wrapper and sinking their teeth deliciously and ravenously drooling into the “flesh” of thick hazelnut milk chocolate!!..Can we criticise them?..can we condemn them (I’m asking for a friend)…and, btw…the security personnel ought to show a degree more consideration as well and not just roughly throw them out on their ear!
    Till next time…signing off…; your shopping correspondent.

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  4. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    I’m all for a sugar tax! It’s sad that so many drinks are so sugary…even store-bough fruit juices are really not healthy for us. 😦
    I try to make fresh juice at home when we want juice.
    Sugar-Free-HUGS!!! 🙂
    Give Helvi and Milo some sweet-kisses for me! 😀

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      They will not get much sugar tax out of us, Carolyn. We both are not lovers of sweets. We have a spoonful of sugar in out tea and coffee in the morning and that’s about it.

      Never have soft drinks , cakes, biscuits. Not out of any health reasons. We are just not drawn to sweets. Of course, the glass or two of wine has sugar converted to alcohol. The doctor reckons that’s ok. We have a packet of speculaas biscuits in case of visitors. They must be stale by now!

      And sugar in fruits are welcome. But that’s about it. I am now advised to put on weight. But prefer protein to sugary foods.
      Good hug, from Gerard !

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      • doesitevenmatter3 Says:

        I don’t have a sweet tooth either. But I do enjoy veggies a lot! And they say some of them aren’t the best for us either. Oh, well. We do the best we can. 🙂

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Never heard of a bad vegie, Carolyn. I suppose too much of anything can be bad. A man loved to eat apple pips so his wife collected a cupful and gave it for his birthday. He ate them all but sadly died. They are a bit toxic.

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    • Therese Trouserzoff Says:

      Fruit juices – even the premium brands with “no added sugar” have a pretty high calorie content. Especially the ones that brag about getting 21 apples into a litre or two container. No pulp. Just sugary liquid.

      I like the double pulp orange juice. More fibre, some texture, and Tim the Cabin Boy doesn’t like it. SO I manage to consume some before this human locust strips the fridge.

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  5. stuartbramhall Says:

    They also need to tax the sugar added to most processed foods – this is source of most dietary sugar even if people avoid sweets and fizzy drinks.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      You are right. Those sauces are lethal and people buy them now. Making sauces from fresh ingredients are being lost. The bad thing is that many people are now overfed but undernourished. Poverty-obesity and climate change are interconnected.

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  6. freefall852 Says:

    Well…like veggies, there’s good and bad sugars, for surely alcohol beverages like those strange bottled ; “Vok Liqueurs” one saw on the top shelf in the “Lounge bar” of the local should be void of a sugar tax?
    Say…Has anyone here EVER had one of those Vok liqueures?…I always wondered on their contents…nice pastel colours though.

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