Sugar TAX could soon be introduced in Australia to curb obesity

Sugar TAX could soon be introduced in Australia to curb obesity
Sugar TAX could soon be introduced in Australia to curb obesity
Sugar TAX could be introduced in Australia to stop obesity - but critics say it will only punish hard working Aussies Average 375ml can of 'fizzy' drink contains as much as 12 teaspoons of sugar Australians said to consume a staggering 2.4 billion litres of soft drink each year Push for eventual 'sugar tax' would see cans of Coke increased by up to 16 cents

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Australia's top doctors are calling for a sugar tax on sweetened drinks to help tackle obesity, heart disease, diabetes and strokes and save billions in health costs - but critics have accused them of trying to control people's lives. 

The Australian Medical Association has launched a new social media campaign to highlight its calls for a tax on products containing a high amount of sugar such as Coca Cola.

It wants a tax of 40 cents per 100 grams of sugar which would increase the price of sweetened drinks by an average of 20 per cent. 

According to research from the AMA, Australians consume 2.4 billion litres of soft drink each year - the equivalent to 960 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The proposed sugar tax, certain to upset countless hard-working Australians, would see the price of a can of Coke increased by up to 16 cents.

The AMA estimates the tax would raise $814million a year - which could be spent on tackling obesity - and result in 16,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes, 4,400 fewer cases of heart disease and 1,100 fewer strokes over 25 years. 

A social media awareness campaign with a heavy focus on soft drinks has been launched by the Australian Medical Association in a bid to reduce obesity numbers across the nation

A social media awareness campaign with a heavy focus on soft drinks has been launched by the Australian Medical Association in a bid to reduce obesity numbers across the nation

Dubbed 'Sickly Sweet', the online campaign from the AMA wants to see the eventual introduction of a tax on products containing a high amount of sugar such as Coca Cola (pictured, a supermarket stacks shelves featuring drinks laced with sugar)

Dubbed 'Sickly Sweet', the online campaign from the AMA wants to see the eventual introduction

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