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Question: If you were the national health minister would you implement the health star rating system? Why/why not? The following questions can be used to help you structure your response. · What are...

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Question:If you were the national health minister would you implement the health star rating system? Why/why not?

The following questions can be used to help you structure your response.

· What are the main barriers to this policy change?

· What is the health star rating system?

· What is the evidence of the effectiveness of food labelling systems (such as the health star rating system) on health outcomes? Use other countries as examples.

· Does the food and beverage industry support the health star rating system? Why/why not?

· How could the health star rating system be improved?

Answered Same Day Aug 03, 2021

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Baishakhi answered on Aug 04 2021
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Australians consume a lot of dietary energy, as well as many prudent and ultra-processed foods and fewer amounts of nutritious foods from all five categories of food (Lawrence et al. 2009). The Health Star Rating (HSR) system was an initiative by the Australian Government in 2014, to provide health ratings for packaged foods and beverages. It is usually found on the front cover of the food packet or beverage. The food product is rated from half a star to five stars depending on their nutritive value per 100gm or 100ml and the more the stars the healthier is the product.
If I was the national health minister I would have not implemented the health star rating system. This is because, in reality, it seems that the HSR system contributes to public health risks by unwittingly promoting instead of discouraging discretionary food choice. The use of nutrient-based scoring algorithms obscures the ability to distinguish between nourishing and discretionary foods...
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