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Academics push for sugary drinks tax – In the News

John Kerr posted in on April 4th, 2016.

In open letter published this weekend, public health researchers are calling on the Government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks. Citing a number of grim statistics on New Zealand obesity and oral health situation, the authors urge the Government to to bring in stronger measures. “As a matter of urgency, we urge Cabinet to […]

Childhood obesity plan – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on October 20th, 2015.

A wide-ranging series of initiatives designed to tackle childhood obesity was unveiled by the Government yesterday afternoon. The package is made up of 22 initiatives, which are either new or an expansion of existing programmes. The focus is on food, the environment and being active at each life stage, starting during pregnancy and early childhood. […]

Food taxes and subsidies change diets, save lives – study

John Kerr posted in on July 9th, 2015.

Health-related food taxes and subsidies could improve diets and reduce deaths from diet related disease in New Zealand, according to a new study. In a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers estimated the effects of five different tax and subsidy scenarios using data on food expenses and health and showed that, for […]

Public Health researchers call for fizzy tax

John Kerr posted in on February 14th, 2014.

Researchers calling for a tax on fizzy drinks say the intervention will save improve health, save lives and increase revenue for other health initiatives. An article published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal analysed the impact of a 20% tax on carbonated beverages. The authors calculated that such a tax would save 67 lives […]

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