Thoughts? I am disturbed on one level that it is being branded as a "fat tax", as I have no fundamental issues with taxing higher rates on unhealthy foods, just as we tax alcohol and cigarettes. However, the branding of it as a "fat tax" creates the illusion that there are "bad" foods and that fat people eat them. It further marginalises overweight people, to no particular end.
In Canada, we pay tax on all foods served as individual portions; so for example, all restaurant meals but not most groceries, on individual chocolate bars, but not on a box of them, on a single can of pop but not a six pack of pop. I think it is a bit of a heavy handed way of approaching the issue, as I have had to pay the tax on fresh pineapple chunks once as the (750 ml!) container was considered to be a single serving.
I think similar risks arise with taxing all foods which contain saturated fat, as Denmark is proposing.
Taxation policy is incredibly complicated, and it is really difficult to come up with one firm standard on how to tax what would be considered junk food, without also sweeping up a huge number of other foods that are, in fact, healthy, or healthier.
Thoughts?Denmark levies world's first fat tax