Call for tax on sugar as obesity rates rise

THE Cancer Council has renewed its call for a sugary drinks tax to be considered.

An investigation into tax options is part of a range of recommendations to reduce sugary drink consumption released by Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia and the Heart Foundation (Victoria).

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with serious health issues.

"One can of soft drink alone can contain up to 10 teaspoons of sugar - and many people think it's acceptable to have one can a day - it isn't," Ms Clift said.

Cancer Council Queensland recommends Queenslanders limit their consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.