Govt’s next target should be Big Food
Tobacco has been a public health scourge for more than a century and Australia has led the world in reducing smoking, through warnings and legislation to control its marketing and use.
Which begs the question: why doesn’t our government have the same feisty attitude to what is arguably the biggest challenge now facing our health system – the obesity epidemic?
Tobacco consumption has declined to a world-beating 15% of Australians aged more than 14, according to the AIHW, from almost 40% in the 1970s. Conversely, prevalence of overweight and obesity in adults has risen to 62% from an already