Tagged: Fat Tax

Obesity plan gets thumbs down from experts - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 20, 2015

The Government yesterday released details of 22 initiatives, some new, some expansions of existing programmes, that constitute its response to the growing problem of childhood obesity. As expected, there’s no form of fat or sugar tax and no clampdown on marketing of junk food to children. The Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan Voluntary codes and and education campaigns are … Read More

A tasty morsel on fat taxes - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake May 28, 2013

Denmark placed the first-ever tax on saturated fat in 2011, and then abandoned it fifteen months later. It was supposed to be a real-world example of a ‘nudge’ — a little governmental push in the ‘right’ direction for all the fatty-fatty-two-by-fours healthy people struggling to emerge from their unhealthy bodies. Those ungrateful little sods actual […] … Read More

Denmark’s fat tax fiasco - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker May 27, 2013

The Institute for Economic Affairs in London has released a new report by Christopher Snowdon on The Proof of the Pudding: Denmark’s fat tax fiasco. A summary of the findings of the study are: Denmark’s tax on saturated fat was hailed as a world-leading public health policy when it was introduced in October 2011, but it … Read More

Fat taxes — what’s the goal? - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Mar 19, 2013

Andrew Dickson (othersideofweightloss) was emailing me about fat taxes and I realised I didn’t have a well thought-out opinion on them. Let me start by asking, what are we trying to accomplish? User pays — This is the point of the tax on fat people that Gareth Morgan Investments suggested in 2005: Government could publish a range [...] … Read More

The fat tax debate is reignited again - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Dec 12, 2012

The debate about fat tax has been reignited with the publication of a new paper today (12 December 2012) by New Zealand researchers. Taxes on soft drinks and foods high in saturated fats, and subsidies for fruit and vegetables, could lead to beneficial dietary changes and potentially improve health, say the authors of this latest research. Helen Eyles and her … Read More

Sugar Sickness - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 27, 2011

New Zealand is, apparently, the third fattest nation in the world according to OECD statistics. Yet fighting the obesity “epidemic” is not rocket science. Apart from the very few people who have some serious metabolic disorder, all that causes obesity is taking in more calories than you burn up. Yes, it is rather more complicated [...] Related posts: … Read More

Should New Zealand have a fat tax? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Oct 04, 2011

This week it was reported in the media that Denmark has become the first country in the world to introduce a fat tax on food, with a surcharge on foods high in saturated fat of 16 kroner ($NZ3.80) per kg of saturated fats in a product. According to Radio New Zealand, Health Minister Tony Ryall has … Read More

Fat Chance of Fat Tax - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jul 12, 2010

Apparently there is a war on obesity. Trouble is, there does not seemed to be a well-defined enemy in this war. Is it the fast food industry? Perhaps it is the actual fat in foods? Maybe it is the obese person themselves? Or their wicked, neglectful parents? Or perhaps it is carbohydrates, not fats, that [...] Related posts: … Read More