The authors of the report acknowledge that public acceptability of such interventions is likely to be low. After alcohol, they showed the most cost-effective measures would be a tax on sugary drinks and a ban on junk food advertising to children.
The effectiveness of an increase in fuel excise taxation as a potential obesity prevention intervention - BMC Series blog
Can an increase in fuel excise taxation persuade people to use their cars less, and lose weight in the process? This was the question investigated by an article in BMC Public Health, which the authors talk about in this blog.
Banning TV networks from advertising junk food to kids would cut Australia's health care costs and reduce childhood obesity, according to a new economic analysis from researchers at Deakin University. Researchers from Deakin Health Economics and Deakin's Global Obesity Centre looked at the cost effectiveness of restricting TV advertising of food high in fat, salt and sugar until 9.30pm, outside of children's peak viewing hours.
We don't often equate the kilojoules we drink in our glass of wine or pint of beer with the weight that accumulates around our middle. But our new study shows increasing the price of alcohol is the most value for money policy option to prevent obesity in Australia.
Sugary drinks have been targeted by health campaigners in the battle against the bulge because they are energy dense and nutrient poor, filling consumers up with calories but leaving them feeling hungry. Empty calories can lead to weight gain. Obesity is a leading risk factor for a host of diseases.
A new tax on alcohol which could see the cost of cask wine rise by more than 100 per cent would be the most cost-effective way for the Australian Government to address the nation's growing obesity crisis, a team of health economists at Deakin University in Melbourne concludes.
A sugar tax would provide the most health benefits to low income groups without excessively punishing them in the hip pocket, Australian researchers say. In-depth economic analysis of a 20 per cent tax on sweetened beverages conducted at Deakin University's Global Obesity Centre found that the lowest socio-economic groups would only contribute $5 per year, or 10 cents a week, more in tax compared to wealthier groups.