Would NZ change their habits with a tax on fast foods and soft drinks?
10 Nov 2016
The NZ Herald states some Kiwi's would change their eating and drinking habits if the Government imposed a 'fat tax' on fast-food and a 'sugar tax' on soft drinks.
If the Government imposed a 'fat tax' on fast-food:
- 73% might reduce their buying frequency
- 24% might alter their habits with a twenty percent tax and a further twenty eight percent might change with a twenty five percent tax
- 14% would stop buying altogether
If the Government imposed a 'sugar tax' on soft drinks:
- 39% would change their fizzy drink habits
- 36% might change their habits with a fifty percent tax
- 19% might buy fizzy drinks less often with a twenty percent tax and a further twenty percent might change with a twenty five percent tax
In New Zealand, 40 people are diagnosed with diabetes each day and 260,000+ people live with the disease; double that of 10 years ago. Obesity is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and NZ has a 31% rate of obesity; triple what it was in 1970.
Diabetes NZ has launched a comprehensive online support and self-management "toolkit" to help people with diabetes to live well. Diabetes is not only a drain on our health system, it is a life-changing and life-limiting disease that can lead to stress, anxiety and poor self-care.
A recent article suggests the tax on soft drinks in Mexico could prevent hundreds of thousands of adults from developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, saving approximately $1 billion in healthcare costs over the next 10 years.
Would a 'sugar tax' on soft drinks and a 'fat tax' on fast food affect your drinking and eating habits?