Taxing junk food

LUKE Hartsuyker placed a full-page self-promotion of his charity bike ride in the Advocate (27.3.2013). Sport and health is one of the messages implied here; it's not without corporate contradiction.

Placed on the page and his shirt is one of his sponsors, the world's biggest junk food restaurant chain, purveyors of fructose, salt and fats.

On a day-by-day basis, the media reports on the growing obesity crisis and its certain implications, heart disease, blood pressure, strokes, cancers and diabetes to name a few.

I wonder if our federal member has stood in a fast-food queue, checked out the ballooning size of the teenagers and considered that these kids are pre-diabetic, or, like his leader Tony Abbott, takes the view that government has no role in regulating this society-crippling industry: "We will not have a nanny state".

Be prepared Tony Abbott and Luke Hartsuyker for a health system flattened by obesity-related illness, leaving little finance for other unrelated but treatable conditions.

The future is dire; tax and regulate junk food now.

WARREN TINDALL



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