According to the NSW Heart Foundation, "one in two adults and more than one in five children in NSW are overweight or obese"

Worried by this, the Australian State of New South Wales’ health department announced that it would ban sugary soft drinks in all hospitals and care facilities by the end of 2017.

The ban is imposed in order to combat the growing problem of obesity.

The move comes as part of NSW Health’s “Make Healthy Normal’’ campaign, which aims to achieve a five per cent reduction in overweight and obesity rates in adults by 2020.

“There’s no better way to start than right here on our own doorstep,’’ NSW Health chief health officer Kerry Chant said.

“It is important that NSW Health provides healthy food and drink choices for all our staff and visitors.

“By establishing this model we hope it shows how a workable strategy can be successfully implemented across any organisation to assist healthier choices in any staffing environment,’’ Chant said.