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Fat Tax to Fight Obesity

December 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Sports Nutrition

Junk Food TaxI am a big believer in introducing a junk food tax to make those who eat unhealthy food subsidize their own health care, to encourage the public to eat healthily and cut obesity rates. And it is great to see that Taiwan is planning to be the first government to introduce such a tax on junk food. They are looking at introducing this special tax on food that is deemed unhealthy, such as sugary drinks, candy, cakes, fast food and alcohol. The Bill is expected to be submitted to the Parliament for approval next year and could take effect sometime in 2011. Let’s hope this starts a worldwide trend, as hitting people in the hip pocket seems an effective way to make people change their behavior.

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  • Tim Jones

    Sounds like a great idea. It’ll be great too if there was some form of education to families on the effects of too much junk food – it seems convenience comes ahead of nutrition.

  • Rick

    In place of making junk food taxable why you start a new concept or another food which is same as junk food but no oil and more tastier than current junk food. in that way you can earn….