Person of the Week: Steve Crew from Diabetes NZ


via Stuff

Steve says that sugar tax is not the answer, and he should know, because he’s at the coal face of sugar related diseases, and not an academic trougher.

Chief executive Steve Crew said 250,000 people had diabetes, and one in four risked developing it.

A so-called sugar tax had attracted a lot of attention but would not fix the problem, he said.

“You can’t tax sugar like you can tax tobacco. Tobacco isn’t in everyone’s everyday life.

“Addressing obesity needs to be more of a holistic approach. It should be about education, empowering people to make better choices.”

There was a widespread lack of knowledge about diabetes despite it being one of the country’s biggest health issues, Mr Crew said.

Sugar is everywhere, salt is everywhere, fat is everywhere.  To tax it is to tax pretty much everything.   Even some mineral waters have salt in it – naturally.

Cheese is, erm, fat.  And butter. And cream.  And milk.  Good luck taxing our nation’s primary income generator.   Fat in bread too, just quietly.   And avocados, peanuts…

Sugar in cereals.  Weetbix even.

These slogan charlatans that want to “ban” and “tax” are more interested in keeping their academic research trough filled with taxpayer money.   At a practical level, taxing what is essentially food to encourage healthier eating is simply unworkable.

Good on Mr Crew for having the stones to stand up and say so.  He of all people is deeply invested in good health outcomes, and he’s not jumping on the tax and ban bandwagon.

As regular readers will know I support the introduction of a “Fat Bastard Tax”, as the only sensible solution to obesity. Tax the fat bastard not the ingredients of the huge quantities of food they consume.



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