I am a big believer in introducing a junk food tax to make those who eat unhealthy food subsidize their own health care, 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.
The country is 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.