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12-04-2017

There are about 16 teaspoons of sugar in a 600ml bottle of regular soft drink. One can of soft drink per day could lead to a weight gain of 6.5kg in one year without increasing daily exercise . Research has shown that consuming one 340ml of sugary drink a day increases your risk of type II diabetes by 22%  when compared to drinking one can per month or less.Australia is in the top ten countries for per capita consumption of sugary drink, particularly for children and adolescents.

 Excess sugar intake is linked to obesity, type II diabetes and tooth decay ( also aggravated by acids that harm tooth enamel) . Tooth decay is the most prevalent disease in Australia. .  Obesity is a leading risk factor for type II diabetes, heart disease and many cancers ( endometrial, postmenopausal breast cancer, oesophageal, bowel, renal and gallbladder) 

 To calculate how much sugar you are drinking, try the LiveLighter Sugary Drink Calculator at livelighter.com.au .The calculator estimates the kilojoules consumed per week, the number of teaspoons of sugar per week consumed, the potential weight gain and the amount of exercise required to burn off the regular sugary drink intake.

 A World Health Organisation report stated that a tax of 20% or more results in the drop of soft drink sales to help reduce obesity rates,  most health researchers, and the Council of presidents of all the medical colleges also advocate for the tax to be introduced with other measures encouraging healthier eating. A tax on sugary drinks sends a clear message about the health risks associated with drinking sugary drinks too often.  Sugary drinks are marketed as part of an everyday diet, available everywhere and cheaper than bottled water. 

From the experience Australia had in reducing tobacco use, we know that price does influence consumption. A combination of strategies is needed to change behaviour, advertising bans, regulations, guidelines educations

 Rethink Sugary Drinks is a partnership between many community and health organisations aiming to highlight the amount of sugar in sweetened drinks and encourage the switch to water and unsweetened options. The organisation currently has a promotion encouraging Healthy Vending Machine Guidelines for workplaces, schools, hospitals, sport and leisure centres. See rethinksugarydrinks.org.au

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