(ed: i actually think imposing a sugar-tax (as some form of deterrent?) is merely putting a bandaid over a suppurating-sore..and will achieve s.f.a…
and food/drink like this sugar-laden rubbish/poison should just be banned outright..
Dental Association spokesman Dr Rob Beaglehole sees the effect of sugary drinks everyday.
He says he has extracted whole sets of teeth from children as young as 18 months.
Each extraction under general anaesthetic costs the taxpayer $4,000 and last year 7,500 such procedures were carried out.
Dr Beaglehole has long been a vocal opponent of sugary drinks and an advocate for a sugar tax.
‘Every single day dentists are taking out rotting teeth from kids – some as young as 18 months – still in nappies.
It’s heart-breaking doing that because the child is in so much pain – they’ve been suffering and not eating’.
This has long term effects he says the child’s next set of teeth may come through in odd ways and in the meantime the child is severely hampered.
The stories of children having fizzy drink in their sipping cups is common place he says.
‘It’s all over New Zealand – it’s very easy for us to blame the parents – there’s definitely an aspect of parental responsibility but the main issue here is we are living in an unhealthy environment and it’s very difficult to modify our unhealthy behaviour if we’re continually bombarded with junk food marketing and advertising’.
And ignorance about the amount of sugar in these drinks is across the board he says.
‘I’ve given talks to 100 doctors and 100 dentists and generally only one person can tell me how much sugar is in a can of coke … the reality is there’s 9 teaspoons of sugar.
So if doctors and dentists don’t know how is a poor family living in a poor area in South Auckland going to know how much sugar they are giving their child ?’