Have your say on sugary drinks
QUEENSLANDERS are being urged to voice their opinion on sugar-sweetened beverages, as Cancer Council Queensland and Heart Foundation launch a new state-wide health survey today.
The Everyday Health Survey will identify consumer habits, determine understanding of the health impacts of sugary drinks, and assess support for proposed regulations to reduce consumption of these products, including marketing restrictions and a 20per cent levy.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan said the survey was a chance to shape laws.
"Sugar-sweetened beverages are a major source of sugar in the Australian diet,” Ms McMillan said.
"We know that these beverages (including soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and cordial) have little or no nutritional value, provide excess energy, lead to weight gain and increase the risk of a number of chronic diseases - which is why we've joined with Heart Foundation to look at how we can reduce consumption.
"The average Australian who drinks a 375ml can of sugary drink a day will consume around 14.6kg of sugar a year. A 600ml bottle a day would equate to 23.3kg of sugar a year.
"64per cent of Queensland adults and 26per cent of children are overweight and obese. Obesity is a risk factor for some cancers and chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart and kidney disease.
The survey will ask about personal habits, views on proposed laws such as a sugar levy, restricted marketing to children, and gives participants the opportunity to provide their personal views and thoughts.”
More information visit cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council's 13 11 20.