Tackling Australia's Obesity Challenge

Obesity and its associated health concerns are serious issues in Australia. Reducing obesity needs to be a high priority for everyone including the sugar industry.

The Australian Sugar Milling Council believes:

• Obesity is a serious issue that needs a combination of solutions.

• We realise many Australians struggle to balance the energy consumed in their diets and the energy burned when they move.

• While over-consumption of sugar-sweetened foods and drinks can add to health issues, we believe sugar can be enjoyed in moderate amounts as part of in a balanced diet, as outlined in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

• While we recognise we have an interest in preventing a sugar tax, we also genuinely believe it is not the best approach to resolving serious health issues, including obesity.

• While a simple tool, a tax on sugar or other financial measures that focus on a single ingredient in our diet is unlikely to change people’s deep-seated consumption attitudes and behaviours.

• We believe a better solution would be to provide more support and information to people on the risks involved in eating a poor diet, including too much sugar, so individuals can make educated decisions about what they eat.

• The sugar industry wants to work with government, the food industry and health professionals to develop measures that promote a lasting change to more balanced and healthier diets.

 

Further Information: Julie Iommi, asmc@asmc.com.au / 07 3231 5000 

 

 

The Australian Sugar Milling Council (ASMC) is the advocacy body representing 95% of Australian raw sugar production.  Around 80% of Australian sugar is exported, producing up to $2 billion in annual export earnings.  The Australian sugar industry directly employs around 16,000 people, predominantly in regional Queensland.