EDITORIAL:

To paraphrase an alcohol awareness slogan, it's time to say yeah, nah, and ease up on the junk.

This week, Associate Health Minister Peeni Henare said sugar taxes and warning labels should be considered to "turn the tide" on a diabetes disaster causing more than 1000 amputations every year.

"I'm a parent [with] young kids. As much as we try and encourage them to live healthy lives they are exposed to these things all the time... [sugar taxes and warning labels] are, I think, tools that should be considered."

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