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.