FROM THE EDITOR
‘‘Aspoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down’’. Sugar seems to make just about everything go down.
The trouble is, Kiwis appear to be ingesting sugar by the shovelful, and the proliferation of sugar in our diets coupled with increasing obesity, has brought about calls for a sugar tax.
According to the National Institute for Health Innovation, a tax on fizzy drinks could have the win-win-win effect of saving lives, curbing future public health expenditure, while generating between $30 – $40 million for health programmes.
Researchers reckon a 20 per cent levy on processed ‘‘nutrient poor’’ beverages, linked to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, would reduce excess energy intake, and save 70 lives a year.
How much extra research will it take before this is acknowledged by our lawmakers? We used to be human welfare trendsetters; now we follow the rest of the world like sheep. –