Fat chance for the fat tax

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Remember, doctors are the people who told you that eggs probably the most nutritious cheap food on the planet were an evil collection of cholesterol that would kill you faster than Jack the Ripper.

There is the rather callous counter-argument that obese people end up saving the system money because they often have shorter lifespans. Public Health England says its data show the average five-year-old consumes the equivalent of their body weight in sugar in the course of a year.

The exact rate has not been specified, but will be charged on manufacturers and will come into force in April Moreover, a theoretical paper in the Journal of Public Economics goes so far as to suggest that fat taxes might make us fatter because we would have to spend time finding and cooking fresh foods rather than exercising.

Added to the probability that it might therefore turn out to be some sort of poll tax mark II, the introduction of a flat tax also risks, especially early on, failing to raise as much revenue as the current system — not exactly what an iron chancellor promising to bear down hard on the deficit and debt is looking for.

Flat tax? Fat chance

Or perhaps it is carbohydrates, not fats, that make you fat? A higher rate will apply to drinks with more than 8g per ml. Nicola Mallard, an analyst with Investec, noted that "substitution is a big issue". Perhaps it is the actual fat in foods? Maybe it is the obese person themselves? Expect only confusion and knee-jerk politics from this lobby-group.

The shadow chief secretary, Chris Leslie, said: The idea in Britain, Osborne said, is to target the sugar-laden cans of sodas like cola and lemonade often consumed by children in lower socio-economic groups — which studies show have higher rates of obesity and tooth decay. The CDC figures that we consume calories per day more than Americans did two or three decades ago and of those extra calories come from soda and other sweetened drinks.

We simply cannot produce the level of disapproval required to make inroads on obesity without cruelly discriminatory behaviour.

So, if I understand the above correctly, changing food labeling and taxing fatty foods will make me thinner? It seems as though they have settled on the enemy — junk food — and the method — tax. Email Last Updated Jul 31, 3: The problem here being we have no idea how many people classified as obese are sufficiently overweight to increase their chances of heart disease and diabetes, so this figure is little more than a guess.

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As always, there are those who challenge both outcomes.Would a tax on fatty foods make Americans lose weight and pay for healthcare? Anti-tax advocates challenge both outcomes.

So which side is right? Fat Tax, Fat Chance – BBC Panorama Programme criticised by Dr David Ashton MD PhDHonorary Senior Lecturer, Cardiac Medicine Group, Imperial College, London & Medical Director, Healthier Weight: "Last night’s BBC Panorama documentary – 'Fat Tax' – was bland to the point of banality.

Apparently there is a war on obesity.

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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:Food Fascists But Would You Eat It?

Fat Chance for a Fat Tax?

So would we tax lard and canola oil in the same way, for example, even though the latter contains a higher proportion of monounsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids, both thought to be more healthful forms of fat?

New Yorkers have reason to pause before they guzzle their next can of soft drink. Their choice of beverage may cost them a little extra. David Paterson, the New York state governor, is introducing.

Last week, I wrote about the potential for a fat tax in Australia, in light of the news that the percentage of overweight Aussies has hit 63 per cent, and the fact that obesity costs us $56 billion a year. The discussion has heated up in the past week, as the Danish government scrapped their tax on.

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