Ban junk food for a healthier population

Letters, Normal

The National, Friday 14th September 2012

MOST of the cheap foodstuff imported from overseas are a health hazard.
If we continue to import them and consume them, we are reducing our life expectancy.
Most of our people are illiterate and consume junk food without knowing how harmful it is.
Junk food produces a myriad of health problems and lead to diet-related diseases, such as follows:
l    It causes fatigue while sweet junk food damages the teeth;
l    It often contains chemicals that can negatively affect your physical and mental health;
l    It consists of refined carbohydrate, leading to weight gain and obesity; and,
l    It is high in sugar, sodium, additives, hydrogenated fats, artificial colouring, etc that make it taste good, but can seriously damage your health.
The government should ban these junk food.
We do not have to worry about taxes and employment as PNG is rich in natural resources and can even produce quality foodstuff for consumption as well as create employment.
The government has to help people improve their life expectancy.
The growth of the economy depends on the population; if people have good health, they would be able to contribute to the country.
Concerned Citizen
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