20 Sep 2023

Sugar levy far more instant than education to reduce sugar intake says expert

From Morning Report, 8:26 am on 20 September 2023

New Zealand is coming second and third in one of the developed world's most deadly competitions for children and adults - obesity.

But a new RNZ investigation by Guyon Espiner, called Off the Shelf: The Quiet Struggle to Stop us Eating Ourselves Sick, reveals top health officials are pushing for sugar and salt limits and for fast food portions to be reduced.

The Ministry of Health's proposals for a crackdown are revealed in documents obtained under the Official Information Act.

Diabetes New Zealand chief executive Heather Verry spoke to Corin Dann.