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Fat food gets fat tax

A big theme in Obituary is the observation that obesity is now so high that it has reached pandemic levels in many countries. Denmark has responded to this by imposing what is believed to be the world’s first “fat tax”.

Foods including butter, pizzas, and processed meals are now to be subject to the new tax if they contain more than 2.3% in saturated fats. While some producers will no doubt call the tax a bureaucratic challenge, and others may argue that consumers will just purchase their fat-food abroad, it will hopefully limit at least in part the population’s intake of fatty foods. It is a far from perfect measure, but a good measure to persuade people to at least look at labels before buying.

Only time will tell if the tax works. If it does, other nations will no doubt follow suit.


October 2, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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