Taxes Could Curb Obesity in Australia

May 22, 2017 Taxation in Australia

obesity in AustraliaBRISBANE – Doctors in Australia are calling on the government to introduce new measures aimed at curbing the spread of obesity.

At a conference held in Brisbane recently, a leading endocrinologist Prof John Prins called for greater tax measures to discourage the spread of obesity in Australia.

The doctor said that the currently proposed tax measures such as fat taxes and sugar taxes are overly simplistic and do not cover the extent and intricacies of the issue of obesity.

He suggested that along with the already proposed tax measures, the government could also investigate the feasibility of reducing GST on healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

Further, he called for extra disincentive measures to be applied, such as increased health and life insurance premiums, raised prices for flights.

The doctor admitted that it is not yet clear to the government how to implement the changes effectively.