Tagged: fat taxes

Touch your toes… - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Jul 25, 2014

If lack of physical activity is really to blame for increased obesity, rather than increased caloric intake, do we switch from soda taxes to mandatory morning callisthenics?From the American Journal of Medicine's press release on two new studies (here and here):Sedentary lifestyle and not caloric intake may be to blame for increased obesity in the US, according … 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

Obesity costs - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 12, 2012

Another day, another cost study. This time we're told that obesity costs New Zealand between $722,000,000 and $849,000,000. Here's a thought experiment. Imagine that we wave a costless magic wand and every obese person suddenly has a BMI right in the ... Read More