Tax unhealthy food
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The escalation of chronic non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and certain cancers has been clearly linked to obesity among our population.
These illnesses are also linked to the chronic lack of fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets, and to high fat, high salt and high sugar diets. It is clear, therefore, that taxing and increasing the costs of such items as aerated (carbonated) beverages, 'energy' drinks and certain other imported packaged foods and drinks should help to make them less popular, and this would benefit the overall health of our population.
Individuals must be encouraged to use fresh fruits for making beverages, with obvious benefits to their health. As fruit skins are easily composted, an added benefit would be the reduction of plastic bottles and other packaging materials in our gullies and landfills.
Dr E. Marilyn Duff