LONDON, Feb 15: Newly released modelling by researchers from the University of Melbourne has reignited debate over the so-called ‘fat-tax’.
The research shows the tax would work best if it was coupled with subsidies for fruit and vegetables to lessen the burden on low socio-economic families.
Melbourne University’s Centre for Health Policy claims the move would save more than $3 billion in health care costs and boost the life expectancy for Australians by roughly eight days.
“It may not sound like a lot but actually most health interventions don’t get anywhere near that sort of gain, so you have to take your gains where you get them,” co-author Professor Tony Blakely told SBS News.
Professor Blakely said the measure is not a silver bullet for combatting obesity in Australia, but it would help start a process of healthier eating.