Fighting obesity: one tax and one community at a time
Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Time: 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Venue: State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette, 179 La Trobe St, Melbourne
Speakers: Stephen Duckett, Director of the Health Program at Grattan Institute, and Anna Peeters, Professor of Epidemiology and Equity in Public Health in the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University.
Australians are getting fatter. More than one in four adults are now classified as obese, up from one in ten in the early 1980s, and about 7 per cent of children are obese. Various interventions have been tried, but the trends are in the wrong direction. In this policy pitch, we explore what can and should be done to address obesity and its effects. Two innovative proposals will be presented.
Stephen Duckett, Director of the Health program at Grattan Institute will present on Grattan’s recent proposal to introduce a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. Such a tax would recover some of those obesity costs that fall on the public purse, and which would also lead to a modest decline in obesity. Professor Anna Peeters, Professor of Epidemiology and Equity in Public Health at Deakin University will outline a potential win-win strategy involving healthy food outlets in community settings.
Please register at https://grattan.edu.au/events/fighting-obesity-one-tax-and-one-community-at-a-time/