The Cancer Council is calling for a sugary drinks tax and soft drink lovers are shrieking in fear, but when you read the health risks you may switch to water.
I am a soft drink consumer.
I drink at least one glass of soft drink on most days, Coke is my replacement for coffee and energy drinks. I’m sure many of you share my sentiment about sugary carbonated drinks, nothing beats a sugary ice cold slushie on a hot day right?
Well the Cancer Council disagrees and have renewed there request for a sugary drinks tax to be considered and truth be told their claim makes sense.
The Cancer Council is on a ‘Sugary drinks are evil’ campaign and an investigation into tax options is only part of a range of recommendations to reduce sugary drink consumption released by Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and the Heart Foundation (Victoria).
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift made an argument for the tax by highlighting the added health risks of caused by Sugary drinks, what she said will shock and sadden those of us living in denial of the damage soft drink can cause.
“One can of soft drink alone can contain up to 10 teaspoons of sugar – and many people think it’s acceptable to have one can a day – it isn’t,” Ms Clift said.
“Consuming sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain and obesity, which can lead to some cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart problems.”
Ms Clift pointed out that 65 per cent of Queenslanders are overweight or obese and an astonishing 33 per cent don’t even realise. This is why the Cancer Council is calling for new options to improve Queenslanders health.
“We need to explore new, innovative options and consider a multi-faceted approach to improve the long-term health of Queenslanders.”
Restrictions on marketing sugary drinks to children, reducing the availability of sugar-sweetened beverages in children’s settings and workplaces and investigating tax options are among the policy recommendations.
I’m certainly not alone in consuming an un-safe amounts of soft drink, around 14 per cent of Queenslanders admit to consuming non-diet soft drink at least daily. Even more disturbing is that 16 per cent of children aged 5-17 years consume non-diet soft drink and non-diet flavoured drinks at least daily.
Cancer Council Queensland recommends Queenslanders limit their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, and instead drink water or unflavoured low-fat milk.
I’m sure many of you are thinking surely there is a third option, I know I am. I guess we are going to have to trade our Coca Cola and Lemonade for Water. I know I do not want to get cancer just because I couldn’t cut back on my can a day habit, do you?
Queenslanders are invited to join the QUEST toward a healthier lifestyle to reduce their risk of cancer, via www.quest.org.au.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au.