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Higher petrol prices could help reduce obesity

Increasing petrol taxes could cut more than $30 million from Australia’s annual health budget for obesity-related illness, according to a study by Deakin University in regional Victoria.

It suggests that increasing Australia’s petrol prices by around 10 cents a litre would significantly reduce the use of cars by commuters, and help promote more “active” transport choices, such as walking or cycling.

The study was conducted by researchers from Deakin Health Economics at the Centre for Population Health and their findings are published online in BMC Public Health.

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