Fat tax, improved diet needed for better child health in US territories | Pacific Beat

Fat tax, improved diet needed for better child health in US territories

Fat tax, improved diet needed for better child health in US territories

Updated 13 June 2014, 9:42 AEST

Tonga's proposed tax on foods high in sugar, salt and fat could also be an alternative for American Samoa.

Pacific health experts are meeting in the territory this week, raising awareness of child health through the Children's Healthy Living program for US territories in the Pacific.

Hawaii-based researcher Dr Rachel Novotny is the program's director and she says Tonga's slated fat tax is an option.

She says experts are investigating policies that recognise the importance of traditional food.

Presenter: Tom Maddocks

Speaker: Dr Rachel Novotny, Principal Investigator & Director, Children's Healthy Living Program for Remote Underserved Minority Populations of the Pacific

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