Aussies happy to pay soft drink tax: survey

AUSTRALIANS are happy to pay a tax on sugary drinks to help fight childhood obesity, new research has revealed.

Obesity Policy Coalition executive manager Jane Martin presented the findings after the group surveyed 1200 people across the country by telephone.

The results showed 85% of people would support a soft drink tax if revenue was spent on programs to reduce childhood obesity, and 84% would support it if the money went towards promoting sports among youths.

Just under four-fifths of respondents supported the tax profits being spent on increasing access to water fountains in public spaces.

Ms Martin said the study proved a soft drink tax would be supported as long as the funds were spent where they were needed.

"Currently one in four Australian children and 63% of adults are overweight or obese and these statistics will continue to rise if we don't take serious action to reduce this enormous national burden that is now becoming an epidemic," she said.

"This study shows an effective way of framing the issue for the public in order to effect policy change in the area of obesity prevention.

"As evidence into the effectiveness of taxes on sugary drinks continues to grow, we urge the Federal Government to investigate using a tax in Australia as part of a comprehensive approach to combat poor diets and obesity."

-APN NEWSDESK



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