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,