As this article from the Financial Times explains, Denmark has added a tax to foods based on how much saturated fat a product contains, and Hungary has introduced a tax on fizzy drinks and snacks.
So, with obesity related health issues costing the UK economy £16 billion (with concerns that it could grown to £50 billion by 2050), is the answer to charge people more money if they want to eat crap food?
Will poorer consumers end up worse off, or could this be the catalyst needed to recognise the impact of our choices, and make some long overdue changes to our country’s health?
A tax like this could help to pay for the huge ongoing cost of treating people with diabetes, heart problems etc., but does it amount to treating the symptom rather than the cause and letting the producers of harmful food off scot-free?
Avoid Processed is one of hiSbe‘s 8 Everyday Choices.