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Food Labeling to Tackle Obesity

Rosalie Woodruff MP

Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Thursday, 17 November 2016

Tags: Chronic Health Conditions, Health, Preventative Health

That the House:—

(1) Notes the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirms Tasmania is Australia’s most obese state, with 32 per cent of adults obese and 67 per cent overweight.

(2) Understands that obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, some musculoskeletal conditions and some cancers.

(3) Recognises that:-

(a) despite the Minister for Health, Hon. Michael Ferguson MP’s vision to make Tasmania the healthiest population by 2025 and his alleged focus on reducing obesity, the Government has not identified any obesity reduction target, any performance indicators, or an overarching strategy; and

(b) for Tasmanians to properly take responsibility for their health and nutrition, they need accurate and complete information on food labels.

(4) Notes that on 25 November 2016, Minister Ferguson will represent Tasmania at the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation to vote on a policy to require transparent labelling on supermarket foods of added sugars, fats and vegetable oils.

(5) Calls on the Minister for Health to act in the interests of all Tasmanians and vote to pass this recommendation at the Forum.