Do we need a fat tax?

Denmark has decided to introduce a “fat tax” on food. Basically, the more saturated fat a product contains the more costly it will be. All food with more than 2.3% saturated fat will be taxed in Denmark. To be exact, fat will be taxed 16 kroner per kilogram ($2.90) of saturated fat. This will result in some pretty heavy increases for products such as cheese, butter, meat, etc. Being a bit on the frugal side, such a tax might lead me to consume less saturated fat which in turn would help with weight control. Nonetheless, I hope Canada doesn’t try anything like this to curb the obesity problem plaguing our country.  The last thing we need is another tax!

Instead of a tax, the government should implement a “fat rebate” for people who make an effort to purchase healthy products.  This would be a positive way to encourage consumers to make better choices.  Another option might be tax the companies that manufacture these toxic foods instead of the consumer.

At the end of the day, something needs to be done to stop the increasing trend of obesity.  What are your views? Which would be better to help people slim down – a fat tax or a tax rebate?

For more information on this new tax. Here is an article from the Copenhagen Post.


4 responses to “Do we need a fat tax?

  1. I like your idea of a tax rebate! We definitely do not need to be taxed more!

  2. What the hey????!!! LIke we need to be taxed more b/c of the stupidity of others….who make money already.

  3. I agree with you; I think a fat rebate would be more persuasive to some to eat better than a fat tax. And taxing things like cheese, well, for me anyway, wouldn’t curb my consumption, I love cheese!

  4. Good post! I like your idea of a tax rebate for people who are making healthier choices. In this day we have so many taxes/fees to pay it would be harsh to implement yet another tax on the consumer.

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