Targeting behaviour better than a junk food tax

Investigators from the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, have produced modelling that compared three major strategies for reducing the number of people who develop diabetes,   including boosting bariatric surgery.

Targeting high risk individuals who have elevated blood glucose levels with intensive programs would avert 220,000 cases of diabetes in Australia by 2025, according to their number crunching.

 By contrast, a junk food tax would prevent about 38,000 cases, while surgically-induced weight loss interventions would prevent about 65,000 by the same date, they said.