A recent TV Program has again raised the issue of a sugar tax. All the usual public health suspects were of course in favour. They also bemoaned the influence of industry whilst complaining that they themselves do not get enough funding and lack clout.
It is difficult to know where to start. Public health is generously funded by government and is not particularly accountable.
Let us be crystal clear. It was not the food industry that introduced low fat dietary guidelines in the absence of any evidence in the early 1980’s. It was not big pharma or big sugar or big food. It was public health. Whilst pretending to be small and powerless, the reality is that public health leverages the power of big government.
This has been evidenced by trials of doctors such as Garry Fettke in Tasmania and Tim Noakes in South Africa where complaints by elements in … Read the rest