Famous chef and self-described healthy food advocate Jamie Oliver recently lectured Canadians about our tubby ways in a Globe & Mail article.
Among other things, Oliver alleges that obesity costs Canada between $4.6 to $7.1 billion annually in health costs and lost productivity.
Despite this, Chef Oliver notes it’s also a really exciting time for Canada:
“Your government is on the precipice of putting together a properly joined up, logical childhood-obesity strategy. One that touches all parts of the food environment – businesses, schools, the workplace, food companies and parents – asking everyone to do something to make a difference and break the cycle.”
Oliver bemoans the missing piece in the Canadian government's anti-obesity plan: an absence of a tax on sugary drinks.
He notes that France, Hungary, Mexico and Norway all have a so-called soft drink tax and says in all these places, it’s working.
But is it really? Because there’s plenty of evidence indicating that a sugar tax does little to improve obesity rates.
Besides, we’re taxed enough in this Dominion so please stop pestering us to adopt a soda tax. We don’t want it – even if you say “pretty please with sugar on top.”