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  1. Introduction
  2. Taxes imposed can be used to fund healthier feeding
  3. Taxed revenue can fund projects to regulate fast foods associated diseases
  4. Lowering government spending on diabetes and fast foods related illnesses treatment
  5. Reduce fast food related illnesses and deaths
  6. Government regulation on business
  7. Conclusion

Over the years, medical experts have been battling the fast food health related problems. Some of these health problems include obesity and weight-related health issues such as diabetes. However, this has not been a success for the Australian government. Relying on the food industry to control diet has been unsuccessful. The food manufacturers are concerned with the acquired profit, but not the public health. This can only change when another force takes things in another direction. The Australian Medical Association has been on the forefront in this noble fight to save the Australian people. The association established in 1962 after the merger of British medical association branches.

It advocates on behalf of its members and the society at the federal state and territory state. Through research, the association has discovered that fighting these illnesses requires more than the use of drugs lowering cholesterol or working out in gymnasiums. Introduction of a fast food tax would be an important intervention in Australia; this will assist the medical experts in winning the fast food health related illness fight. The following are the arguments of the Australian Medical Association as to why the government should impose taxes on fast food.

[...] The government has the responsibility of providing health care funds to treat these complications. If fast foods consumption is reduced by higher taxes, lower spending for the government to fight the fast foods related illnesses. Reduce fast food related illnesses and deaths Fast foods cause overweight over time. They contain low nutritional value, just calories; salts, sugar and high saturated fats. The human stomach finds problems digesting these constituents. Finally, obesity and death are inevitable to the populations. A research conducted in Washington compare 370 foods prices, calorie for calorie. [...]


[...] The purpose of this would be to decrease the consumption of unhealthy foods. Taxing fast foods would result in better financial stability of the government and less fast foods related health problems. Taxed revenue can fund projects to regulate fast foods associated diseases The tax would generate money for relevant causes such as nutrition education and advertising against fast foods. Many Australians consume fast foods innocently without realizing the health risks they are causing to their selves. Proper nutrition education would inform the people of these risks and the best corrective measures they should take. [...]


[...] The government plays an important role in protecting the interests of the customer. Government arms established hold producers responsible when a product causes harm to an individual. Low quality products are rejected so as to compel producers to make quality products. Regulation enables Protection of workers. If employers are left without regulation by the government, they would be unfair to their employees in terms of salaries, working conditions and nepotism. Government branches are established to protect workers from discrimination and make sure their rights are delivered by their employers. [...]

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