Scold of The Year wants tax increase, ad bans, lolly crack-down

Australian of the Year calls for sugar tax to fight diabetes-caused blindness.

Dr Muecke said a tax on sugary drinks must be on the table as part of efforts to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes – which afflicts at least 1.2 million Australians and costs the economy an estimated $15 billion a year, including lost productivity.

“Sugar is cheap and ubiquitous, so it’s readily accessible to everyone. You walk into a service station and there’s a counter of lollies as you walk in,” he said…

Dr Muecke said sugar was “as addictive as nicotine” and that consumers were “constantly bombarded by advertising” that, along with the high level of added sugar in processed foods, made it “very difficult” to maintain a healthy diet.

“I think we need to take sweet products away from checkout counters, particularly when they’re discounted,” he said.

“We’ve got to make them less accessible to the public.”

Note the language – ‘we’ vs. ‘the public.’ This has become the defining trait of the Australian of the Year award. Utterly infantile as a title, nowadays the winners are welites who see themselves as parsons. Their mission: to flog Australians into compliance with their pet strictures. I’m sure Dr Muecke is a great physician. I’m also sure he’s handsomely remunerated for his work. He’s free to counsel his patients and use whatever forums he likes to make medico-political proposals. But there is nothing admirable about a wealthy doctor trying to restrict the trade and profits of other businesses. It isn’t compulsory to buy five Mars bars at the checkout.

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41 Responses to Scold of The Year wants tax increase, ad bans, lolly crack-down

  1. flyingduk

    If taxes work, why not just tax diabetics? Think of it as a ‘user pays’ system.

  2. It seems that the elite’s only solution is always to tax the poor. And the problem is that they are never satisfied, the demands always keep growing. My personal view is, ‘Fuck off and mind your own business.’

  3. Sounds like Mike Bloomberg. How tall is he ?

  4. Roger

    “We’ve got to make them less accessible to the public.”

    Plain packaging for lollies, kept in a locked drawer out of sight behind the counter.

    It’s just around the corner.

    Happy Australia Day!

  5. duncanm

    Note the language – ‘we’ vs. ‘the public.’

    I’ve never seen it put so succinctly.

    Nail, head, etc.

    Dr feelgood should just jump ahead and argue for nutritionally balanced rations for the masses now.

  6. duncanm

    I can just see it now. Speakeasy lolly shops.

  7. wal1957

    They taxed the crap out of tobacco…very few complained.
    I wonder how this ‘little’ taxing effort will go???
    What next I wonder?
    Maybe they should tax us on the amount of sunshine we get each year. It makes just as much sense. After all we know that excess exposure can cause skin cancers.
    I wish ‘they’ would leave me the hell alone! How I want to live my life is my responsibility, my choice.
    Just [email protected]%k orf!!!!

  8. Rayvic

    “Dr Muecke said a tax on sugary drinks must be on the table as part of efforts to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes …”

    Just what we need –another proponent of the nanny state!

    At the very least, he should produce hard evidence of the level of tax required and the degree of effectiveness of this new tax on ‘the public’.

    In the likely event that he cannot quantify the effect of the tax, he should stick to advancing his medical knowledge.

  9. Dr feelgood should just jump ahead and argue for nutritionally balanced rations for the masses now.

    Our taxpayer funded health gurus have been and continue doing exactly that. They want to regulate everyone’s behaviour, except that of themselves.

  10. At the very least, he should produce hard evidence of the level of tax required and the degree of effectiveness of this new tax on ‘the public’.

    They don’t have to because it’s a win for the elites and a win for government.

  11. H B Bear

    Australian of the Year just another public health parasite. That’s a surprise.

  12. H B Bear

    Time to kill off the Australian of the Year Just another cultural cringe.

  13. Botswana O'Hooligan

    Cobbler, stick to thy last springs to mind.

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    We should tax sanctimony instead.

  15. Lee

    Nanny stater.

    I am totally opposed to government control of, or excessive taxing of food and drinks.

    I believe in less government control of all aspects of our lives, not more.

  16. Diogenes

    Muecke – german for mosquito. Says it all really.

  17. Rob

    Ketogenic diets are often used to treat diabetes.
    Diabetes is a serious health issue and reducing the amount of sugar in our diets will There are a number of measures that could be taken including banning fruit, compulsory barbecues with red wine and imprisoning vegans. Imprisoning vegans may not improve diabetes but it will make society happier in general.

  18. Rob

    Ketogenic diets are often used to treat diabetes.
    Diabetes is a serious health issue and reducing the amount of sugar in our diets cause the problem. There are a number of measures that could be taken including banning fruit, compulsory barbecues with red wine and imprisoning vegans. Imprisoning vegans may not improve diabetes but it will make society happier in general.

  19. cuckoo

    ABC radio is careful to remind us that the outgoing AsOTY, the two doctor-divers who rescued the boys in the Thai cave, on their way out the door are urging Australians to do more to combat – you’ll never guess – climate change. Exactly what aspect of their AOTY-ness bore on this issue?

  20. rickw

    When does the buyback of sugar dispensers start? I’ve got one that will hold 30 cubes!

  21. Robert Betterman

    At last, a worthy recipient who has made a positive contribution to the welfare of the citizenry. A professional who has demonstrated dedication in his chosen field. A man who I have never heard of working with a disease I have studied at length. A welcome change, but wait, what did I hear? He advocates a tax on sweets? Good doctor, you spoiled it already. You could have simply advised the people you care so much about to exercise more. It would cost nothing, upset fewer people, be considerably more effective, and go some way toward restoring the prestige of the award.

  22. Simple Simon

    But, but, but….

    We only Want Social Evils Remedied

    (as the folk etymology of the fine and apposite Australian term Wowser has it.)

    Australia seems to be turning into a wowser-ridden country, with laws and calls for laws forbidding anything of which the relentless, authoritarian wowsers disapprove.

    The wowsers are organised; the pushback against them needs to be as well. If not it really will be as D. M. Davin wrote long ago, ‘The good old days were gone. And it wasn’t only the wowsers that had spoilt everything.’

  23. Bronson

    Flyingduk great idea lets extent it and tax all the sick what ever the cause. That should teach the buggers to get sick plus the healthy gain a benefit!

  24. Tel

    Short answer: eat eggs and bacon, never listen to what government tells you, the “food pyramid” is dangerous crap, and there was a guy called Dr Robert Atkins who figured out that high carb diets make you fat but he was lambasted by the medical establishment who should now get on their knees and beg forgiveness.

    Longer answer:
    A guy called Brillat Savarin wrote The Physiology of Taste in 1826, including his FATTENING REGIMEN:

    GENERAL RULE. Much fresh bread will be eaten during the day, and particular care will be taken not to throw away the crumbs.

    Before eight in the morning, soup au pain or aux pates will be taken, and afterwards a cup of good chocolate.

    At eleven o’clock, breakfast on fresh broiled eggs, petit pates cotelettes, and what you please; have eggs, coffee will do no harm.

    Dinner hour should be so arranged that one should have thoroughly digested before the time comes to sit down at the table. The eating of one meal before another is digested, is an abuse.

    After dinner there should be some exercise; men as much as they can; women should go into the Tuilleries, or as they say in America, go shopping. We are satisfied that the little gossip and conversation they maintain is very healthful.

    At times, all should take as much soup, potage, fish, etc., and also meat cooked with rice and macaronies, pastry, creams, etc.

    At dessert such persons should eat Savoy biscuits, and other things made up of eggs, fecula, and sugar.

    This regimen, though apparently circumscribed, is yet susceptible of great variety: it admits the whole animal kingdom, and great care is necessarily taken in the seasoning and preparation of the food presented. The object of this is to prevent disgust, which prevents any amelioration.

    Beer should be preferred–if not beer, wines from Bourdeaux or from the south of France.

    One should avoid all acids, except salads. As much sugar as possible should be put on fruits and all should avoid cold baths. One should seek as long as possible, to breathe the pure country air, eat many grapes when they are in season, and never go to the ball for the mere pleasure of dancing.

    So 200 years ago it was understood that high carb diets in the form of bread, pastries, sugar, fruit and alcohol will make you fat. Whether that’s a desirable outcome or not has changed with the fashions of the day but the cause and effect has not changed. Governments gave us the food pyramid insisting that humans require mostly carbs to live. A man called Vilhjalmur Stefansson demonstrated personally that any human can live without carbs indefinitely by sending himself to live with the Inuit for one year eating exactly what they ate and doing whatever they did … he returned in excellent health.

    I’m not saying that you SHOULD eat an all meat diet (or course you still require water) but you can if you want, and there’s nothing wrong with it. I should point out that people in cold climates insist on an appropriate balance of lean meat and fat … for example Mongolian dinner etiquette demands suitable service of meat and fat, neither all one nor all the other. The Inuit diet is not equivalent to the Mongolian because fish contain a bunch of other things while the Mongolians ate lambs and sheep and some horse’s milk. At any rate the carb intake of these traditional diets is very low.

    Dr Muecke said a tax on sugary drinks must be on the table as part of efforts to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes – which afflicts at least 1.2 million Australians and costs the economy an estimated $15 billion a year, including lost productivity.

    Well gosh, this is all about diet, here’s the government website …

    https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/type-2-diabetes

    Key facts
    * Type 2 diabetes develops when the body does not make enough insulin.

    * You need insulin to process the glucose in your food to give you energy.

    * Symptoms include feeling tired, hungry or thirsty, and passing more urine.

    * Lack of exercise, weight gain and a poor diet increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.

    * Keeping active, with a healthy diet and weight, can help prevent or delay it.

    I disagree with the first point … the PRIMARY cause of Type-2 Diabetes is because the body stops responding to insulin, and sometimes as a secondary thing might produce less insulin.

    I disagree with the second point … although insulin does a bunch of things in the human body, from a Type-2 Diabetes point of view the most important thing that insulin is doing is converting blood glucose into fat. It might produce glycogen in the liver, or lipids in the muscle tissue, or other stuff but if you needed to summarize into a single sentence, the insulin takes glucose out of the blood stream and converts it into fat … this process makes you fat … end of story. As a short term thing, controlling the blood glucose is healthy and desirable, and accumulating fat doesn’t matter provided you don’t accumulate too much. As a long term thing, if you do accumulate too much fat, that’s the problem.

    Weight gain is not the cause, it’s the normal consequence of insulin activity.

    The same website has this:

    Can type 2 diabetes be cured?

    Type 2 diabetes cannot be cured, but people with the condition may be able to manage their type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes and, if needed, diabetes medications to control blood sugar levels.

    It is ridiculous to simultaneously believe that this is a diet thing, and also believe that it just happens and there’s no cure. Obviously if you change your diet then your blood sugar will go down. Dr Muecke admits this when he encourages people to eat less sugar but if a doctor actually treats a patient with Type-2 Diabetes they will say, “Too bad you must buy these drugs for the rest of your life. Ha ha there’s nothing you can do so Far Cough!”

    Oh so on the page linked above they talk a bunch about the importance of healthy diet but never explain what they mean by that. What makes one diet healthier than another? Some freaking mystery I guess … but hey be healthy huh … with as little useful information as possible.

    They do provide a link to the Dieticians Association of Australia, where you get this:

    Some common dietary myths that are not correct include:

    People with diabetes should eliminate all food containing carbohydrate
    People with diabetes need to avoid all sugar completely
    People with diabetes need to eat mostly foods high in protein and fat.

    Worst possible advice you can give to someone with Type-2 Diabetes. Eliminating all sugar is an excellent thing to do for at least until your blood sugar levels come down again. You might want to slowly reintroduce sugar but you surely surely want to eliminate sugar FAR IN PREFERENCE of taking any drugs at all. You also want to keep the carbs as low as you can stand, at least initially. OK, going cold turkey on carbs is difficult and probably too radical but the TARGET is to cut the carbs way down. Again, first step is get the carbs down and only afterwards start thinking about taking drugs if you don’t see any reduction in blood sugar.

    Here’s another thing that pisses me off … anyone can buy a blood sugar meter over the counter at a chemist. They don’t cost all that much and they give an immediate reading without requiring any special genius to operate. Do any of these pages encourage Joe Worksforaliving to buy a meter and actually, you know check the numbers every so often?

    Here’s another thing that pisses me off … I was listening to Danielle Smith (yeah I know, Canadian but she’s from the West and normally sound) talk about transexuals and where things are going. Now in Western societies most women are cranked on birth control, and the best protection against Type-2 Diabetes is testosterone. Danielle Smith is getting all crank yanked about the danger danger danger of allowing testosterone on the streets because it’s PERFORMANCE ENHANCING don’t you know! The horrors!! Well yeah, I wear eye glasses, they make me see better, that’s not natural that’s performance enhancing. I even wear leather boots with a rubber sole, because I found it better than bare feet … totally performance enhancing. Transhumanism is what people do, what they always have done. Looking for ways to improve yourself is normal.

    Some young woman wants to grow a beard, get a deeper voice and have some dingle-dangle between her legs … that’s her choice not yours, not government. If the appearance weirds you then politely buy her an electric shaver for Christmas … but really it’s none of your beeswax.

    So a middle aged woman is running to fat and knows she shouldn’t eat ice cream but does anyway … do you hate her for the lack of willpower? She might feel better roided up … as far as I’m concerned that’s entirely her choice. Could do her a lot of good and boost muscle bulk. It’s not natural, but the giant men you see around the place clearly aren’t natural either … and that’s the unique feature of humans: the ability to overcome what they started with to be something more than that. Individual choice!!

    Get government out of healthcare … fire every single government person who has ever been involved in healthcare … AND force them to apologize to Dr Atkins.

    Thank you for reading.

  25. Tel

    There are a number of measures that could be taken including banning fruit, compulsory barbecues with red wine and imprisoning vegans.

    Rob … I like the cut of your jib.

    Only imprison the noisy vegans, the ones who talk about being vegan.

  26. Tel

    Good doctor, you spoiled it already. You could have simply advised the people you care so much about to exercise more. It would cost nothing, upset fewer people, be considerably more effective, and go some way toward restoring the prestige of the award.

    He could make more of a difference reading government websites and fixing them to actually provide some good advice.

    It would cost something, but not a whole lot. Heck … I’ve already started the project above, and I did it purely out of blood boiling anger.

  27. Squirrel

    Switched off after the first sentence of his speech.

  28. Paul

    We’ve got to make them less accessible to the public.

    Well that’s a recipe for less tax isn’t it?

    The GST is a progressive tax the more you eat the more you pay.

    Its like uncle Dans, a long ago mate of mine always said at Dan’s liquor merchants,
    Look Paul the more you drink the more you save.

    hilarious.

  29. Dr Bantling. Dr Spock. Dr Jason Fung. All champions of medicine and health.

    This Aussie medico, however, can go fuck himself with a candy cane.

  30. Radman

    Yeah, you can see how well the increasingly regulated speed limits worked on the national road toll in 2019. These cretins are one trick ponies when comes to dealing with most issues – regulate.

  31. Kneel

    “Eliminating all sugar is an excellent thing to do for at least until your blood sugar levels come down again. You might want to slowly reintroduce sugar but you surely surely want to eliminate sugar FAR IN PREFERENCE of taking any drugs at all. You also want to keep the carbs as low as you can stand, at least initially.”

    And a regular fast of at least 12 hours.

  32. notafan

    Didn’t Denmark trial a fat tax?

    To a resounding failure at that.

  33. Arky

    These are the same type of fucksticks who want to de-criminalise drugs.
    Sugar bad.
    Heroin good.

  34. Herodotus

    I’m a sometimes cranky old retiree who has had the usual plentiful amount of sugar all my life, ditto for meat, bacon, (pork chops as per Homer!) fat, salt, probably even more alcohol, baked dinners with yummy baked potatoes, and so on. Still quite healthy as I close in on three score and ten. If it catches up with me from here on that’s ok, the kids will inherit some useful cash without waiting while I linger for another twenty years.

  35. cuckoo

    It is ridiculous to simultaneously believe that this is a diet thing, and also believe that it just happens and there’s no cure.

    Just like my experience with GPs and high cholesterol. “Well, the exclusion diet you just went on hasn’t made any difference to your cholesterol levels…so let me lecture you on which foods to avoid”.

  36. Lee

    These are the same type of fucksticks who want to de-criminalise drugs.
    Sugar bad.
    Heroin good.

    Also they want to ban cigarettes (which I personally hate), which, while they can possibly kill you eventually, do not alter your mind like illicit drugs, and which also have knock-on effects such as putting you on a fatal “high” while driving, etc.

  37. Sydney Boy

    I’m with Kel. Low-carb / Atkins / Keto / Paleo diets are the go. And plenty of exercise.

    Too much of anything is bad for you, but humans are amazing creatures and we can adapt to or rebound from most stressors we are put under.

    Google the Australian Paradox in regards to sugar consumption. Like all nutrition science, it is a little controversial but difficult to prove. Interesting, though.

  38. Win

    As the medical profession sinks to the left and their expertise with it,this sugar business would appear to be the latest marketing strategy . With an increase in profits they have the pleasure of dictating to their patients,reporting recalcitrant non compilers to the Department of Motor Transport to suspend drivers licences. We thought it was confined to our G.P clinic sourcing victims for their a Weekly diabetic clinic.
    Notice they never give the figures.

  39. Tel

    These are the same type of fucksticks who want to de-criminalise drugs.
    Sugar bad.
    Heroin good.

    Oh you can be quite sure that when heroin is legalized they will whack a tax on it, exactly like they intend to tax sugar, but anyhow Oxycodone is handed out very much like sweets in our government run hospitals because it quiets the patients down.

    If there was some kind of overall tax that could apply to everything at a low level I wouldn’t be too pissed off about that … it’s the lack of individual choice that bugs me, and when these buggers do get involved they are invariably ham handed and way behind the curve. Wait … there is an overall tax … it’s called GST. We don’t need specific taxes for specific things, governments should be satisfied being the 10% ers.

  40. Tel

    Just like my experience with GPs and high cholesterol. “Well, the exclusion diet you just went on hasn’t made any difference to your cholesterol levels…so let me lecture you on which foods to avoid”.

    I’ve been fascinated by the link between cholesterol and bile acid. They regularly measure blood cholesterol and it’s cheap and easy to do that, but they never measure bile acid … it’s amazing how much you can not see, when you don’t look.

    I think there’s a billion dollars or more to be made if you can figure out the linkage … but in Australia you can’t even buy bile acid supplements. You used to be able to … but for no particular reason they became restricted … figure that one out. Arky goes maximum hand wringer about “dose dwedful dwugs” but it’s astounding how much completely innocuous stuff in Australia is either outright banned, or tightly rationed. It’s the biggest, fattest, ugliest nanny state that has ever existed … and it’s getting worse. We are literally living under a government that does not even trust us with hot water.

    You can of course eat a lot of liver, but there’s a lot of other things in that, and probably barely half a tea spoon of bile acid in a typical calves liver. I find that if I eat liver for several days running then something switches over and I can’t stand to look at it for sever weeks after that but it does boost my digestion significantly.

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