'Fat Tax'The problem of childhood obesity has attracted much media and social attention in Australia. It is easy to blame fast food and junk products for this epidemic, however, it is ultimately a person's choice as to what they eat and consume on a daily basis. With reference to the Danish ‘fat tax’, government intervention is starting to realise that funding for health should be focused on education about the importance of nutritious foods and physical activity. Facing the obesity issue with a multi-layered approach structured around education about nutrition and physical activity is the best approach to tackle the issue of childhood obesity.
Focus On EducationIn terms of addressing obesity as a society, the focus should be on decreasing the cost of healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables, rather than taxing the junk food and sugary drinks. Education about the nutritional value of fresh, healthy foods as well as unhealthy and processed foods is important for children to understand. Improving the variety and accessibility of healthy foods in school canteens and day care centres would be another effective strategy to tackle the childhood obesity issue. Rather than focusing on taxing junk foods, a multilayered approach to obesity prevention would be most effective (Baur et al. 2009). One that includes less intense but broader-reaching education and health programs combined with intensive programs to reach those at the highest risk of obesity, as well as those with an existing weight problem (Baur et al. 2009). The government funding in Australia has therefore been poured into health and education programs to encourage children and young Australians to make healthier food choices and adopt healthier behaviours.
About Zack JeneskyZack has studied a Bachelor Sports & Exercise Management, he is also a personal trainer with a passion for sports and body building.
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