Junk food tax to tackle obesity backed by former Weight Watchers head

Former Weight Watchers global vice president Scott Penn has called for a tax on junk food that has no nutritional value. Mr Penn, founder of SP Health and co-owner of the Manly Warringah Rugby League team, told a horticulture conference in Sydney the tax would help increase the consumption of fresh produce. A proposal last week by the respected Grattan Institute to tax sugary drinks was ridiculed by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce as “bonkers mad” and a “moralistic tax”, which would have huge impacts on sugar farmers in the north of Australia. But Mr Penn said a junk food…
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