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A tax-and-ban strategy won’t help tackle obesity – as Britain shows

12 August 2021

2:45 PM

12 August 2021

2:45 PM

Gyms may be closed thanks to lockdowns, but that hasn’t stopped the Australian government from lecturing its citizens about our waistlines. Policymakers are considering taking a page from Britain’s book and bringing in the nanny state to combat the obesity crisis. From sin taxes to advertising bans, British public health policy has become a manual for how to fail at making a nation healthier – and consign civil liberties to the garbage truck in the process. 

The first of these disastrous policies was the soft drinks sugar levy, introduced in 2018 by then- prime minister Theresa May in an effort to put...

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