Since 1990 there has been a significant increase in obesity (Monash University, 2017). Obesity is a condition involving a human body having excessive body fat which increases the risk of health problems. Many methods have been used in attempt to curb obesity, but none have had much luck. A new method that should be implemented is sugar tax. Many countries including Chile, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom have implemented sugar tax and I believe that Australia should implement sugar tax to curb obesity.
Sugar tax discourages the consumption of unhealthy beverages by putting a financial charge on all unhealthy beverages. If the unhealthier beverages were more expensive than the healthier beverages; then, the consumer is less likely to purchase the unhealthier beverages. This is because most families simply can not afford to buy expensive products all of the time, especially products they do not need, such as sugary drinks. The expense will put consumers off and direct them to a more affordable, healthier option. This decreases consumption of beverages with high sugar levels which is linked to obesity, and is how Australia will help to curb obesity.
The more the beverage costs, means that there is a higher amount of sugar in the beverage. This makes the consumer very aware of how much sugar is in every beverage. Many consumers are unaware of the amount of sugar in beverages. Sugar tax makes it clear for consumers to identify which beverages are unhealthy or healthier. This discourages unhealthy intake and reduces sugar consumption which decreases consumption of beverages which is linked to obesity, and is how Australia will help to curb obesity.
Manufacturers have the option of lowering sugar levels to avoid sugar tax (Hawkes.C,2018). This entices the manufacturers to put less sugar in their beverages as it is financially cheaper for them. Not only does this benefit the manufactures financially, but it also benefits the consumers health and reduces chances of obesity. This reduces consumption of beverages with high sugar levels which is linked to obesity, and is how Australia will help to curb obesity.
To conclude, Australia should implement sugar tax to curb obesity because the price will make it clearer for consumers to identify which beverages are unhealthy or healthier, encourages consumers to go for the more affordable, healthier option, and also entices manufacturers to put less sugar in their beverages. Fat tax discourages the consumption of unhealthy food and beverages by putting a financial charge on the unhealthy food, beverages or overweight individuals. So not only should sugar tax be implemented in Australia, but fat tax should also be implemented. I strongly believe that these two tax policies will discourage the consumption of unhealthy food and beverages which will help curb obesity in Australia.