An EFAD discussion paper was developed by the European Specialist Dietetic Network for Public Health about Fiscal (and other) measures influencing food and non-alcoholic drink consumption.
Fiscal measures offer an opportunity to influence subconscious food choice through placing greater taxes on foods with either a high energy density and/or a low nutrient density, examples being foods high in refined sugars and saturated fats. All dietitians and especially Public health dietitians also have a role to play in ensuring that fiscal measures achieve their potential in promoting healthier diets through the provision of strong educational strategies to ensure compensatory behaviours do not occur which limit the beneficial impact. Also the profession strongly supports the use of revenues generated to subsidise healthier foods, particularly fruit and vegetables, and the provision of clean drinking water for all school children. Revenues generated could also be spent on national public health programmes which aim to reduce the prevalence of obesity and other non-communicable diseases.
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