16 May '12, 1pm

20 percent 'fat tax' needed to fight obesity, health experts say

20 percent 'fat tax' needed to fight obesity, health experts say

Photo: Evgeny Atamanenko /Shutterstock It's a proposition some might find hard to swallow: a 20-percent tax on unhealthy food to improve the health of the nation. Yet such a tax — spread across the food chain from manufacturer to consumer, coupled with changes in food policy to spur production of healthier food — is needed to reverse the pandemic of obesity and chronic diseases, researchers say. Two articles published online May 15 in the British Medical Journal describe this course of action. These opinion pieces come one week before the 65th World Health Assembly, to convene on May 21 to 26 in Geneva, where diet-related diseases will be the primary topic. Size of fat tax One article, led by Oliver Mytton of Oxford University's Department of Public Health, looked at tax schemes worldwide to see what has worked, however marginally. Many countries are now using such "sin" t...

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