The Health Star Rating System

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The Health Star Rating System is a government initiative designed to assist in obesity prevention. This essay reviews PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Cost Benefit Analysis of the Health Star Rating System. This analysis of the system concludes that the government should intervene in the Australian food industry via the Health Star Rating System to a significant extent and should focus on the implementation of complementary obesity prevention methods, including increased funding for health awareness and education. This conclusion is based on consideration of equity, efficiency and political acceptability criteria.

The Health Star Rating system was devised to address Australia’s health “epidemic” by encouraging consumers to make smarter choices when purchasing their food through the implementation of an interpretive labeling system (PriceWaterhouseCoopers, 2014, page 6). PriceWaterhouseCooper’s cost benefit analysis of the system outlines health trends and draws conclusions around the need for implementing such a system for the Australian food industry (PriceWaterhouseCoopers, page 6). According to the report, the benefits of a preventative system far outweigh the costs of focusing on treatment for those already diagnosed with obesity (PriceWaterhouseCoopers, page 4). Having an increasingly high percentage of overweight and obese people within our community has well-documented health implications, and also has a burdening effect on the economy. In 2008, the total
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