Both the US and UK have imposed higher taxes on cigarettes to help promote healthier habits. But how would you feel about a fat tax? Oxford researchers are suggesting exactly this to Britain, saying it could save over 3,000 lives each year.
The researchers have come up with a plan to charge a value-added tax of 17.5% on unhealthy foods like pastries, butter and cake. The idea is to make foods that, in excess, are linked to strokes and heart disease less affordable and less appealing. A mathematical formula was used to calculate the would-be higher prices versus dermand.
“A well-designed and carefully-targeted fat tax could be a useful tool for reducing the burden of food-related disease,” according the study. However, the government and British Heart Foundation are not currently in support of the tax idea.
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