November 26, 2020
Fast food giants challenged on fat tax
A South Auckland health advocate is calling for a levy on fatty food to stem obesity rates in Māori and Pasifika communities.
Former boxer Dave Letele wants fast-food companies to put some of their profits directly into the communities they affect, similar to the levies paid by gambling operators.
"They say they support sports teams but what are they doing to directly help obesity and also the limbs chopped off because of type 2 diabetes, what are they doing to support programmes like that, and they should be made to, because they are making millions out of us," Mr Letele says.
Dave Letele says the money could be used for healthy eating programmes and healthy food subsidies.
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