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Old 10-09-2011   #1
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Denmark Implements first ever "Fat Tax"

This was linked in another article I was reading.

Link: http://www.everydaymoney.ca/2011/10/...r-fat-tax.html


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Denmark adopts world's first-ever 'fat tax'



In this space, we’ve been tracking the idea of the so-called fat tax for years.

Of course, the initiative has been discussed in the public sphere long before Everydaymoney.ca, but it was first mentioned to much buzz here in October of 2009, when some 250 commenters chimed in that the suggested tax was either the best or worst cost-cutting proposal they’d heard.

Then, in March of 2010, we rehashed the topic with the soda tax, which was then being tossed around the New York state legislature. That followed by a news story in May of 2011 – this time, an Illinois Republican senator said, “Scrap the fat tax; tax the parents of obese kids, instead.”

So you get it. Controversial idea. Tons of opinions. Though what no one thought during the whole fat tax discussion, over all its variables and all its strategies, was that it’d actually get passed. Which it has.


In Denmark, lawmakers have officially adopted the world’s first-ever fat tax. From the beginning of this month on, Danes will see a price increase in items that are high in saturated fats, from butter to processed meats and everything in between.

*Bing: What countries pay the highest taxes?

According to Time, oils and high-fat dairy products will see the largest price hikes. Under the new regulation, items will be allowed to have 2.3 per cent saturated fat, tax-free. After 2.3 per cent, saturated fat will be taxed at a rate of about $2.90 per kilogram.

So, a pack of butter will cost about 30 per cent more in Denmark now. A bag of chips: eight per cent more. A litre of olive oil, Time notes, will cost about 7.1 per cent more than it did last month.

Interestingly, we’re talking Denmark here, which ain’t exactly the state of Mississippi. Less than 10 per cent of Danes are considered clinically obese, much lower than the European average.

Still, the country has targeted saturated fats – which researchers at Denmark’s Institute of Food and Resource Economics have attributed to the cause of four per cent of the nation’s premature deaths – and it’s because of that that we tend to believe other countries will follow. Yes, even after all the back-and-forth and “No ways!” mentioned in this post’s intro.

After years of debate, where do you stand on the fat tax now that one progressive nation has adopted it? Considering how we fund healthcare in this country, would a fat tax in Canada be a good or bad idea?

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money

Posted at 12:27 PM in Consumer News, Current Affairs
When I read the thread title, I was angry - I thought they were targeting the clinically obese. I'm overweight, myself, but it's not because of my eating habits. I eat very little; my metabolism just sucks. I was relieved when I saw they were targeting fatty foods, not fat people.

But you know? Taxing foods with excessive saturated fats? That's actually a good idea, in my opinion. It will encourage healthier lifestyles for everyone, not just the overweight.

I, myself, am a fan of having some butter or margarine on my toast - but it's all about moderation, right? It's not like you buy a new tub of margarine every week. I think this could actually be a decent idea in the long run - and the short term costs aren't too bad.

What are your thoughts on this?
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Yeah, if you want to restrict a behavior, you tax it.
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I don't mind if they tax chips, and things like that.

I rarely eat chips, drink soda, or drink beer, and I never smoke.

I say they should perhaps tax all the badder things we can do and eat in our daily lives.

Perhaps by taxing things like that, or by stores perhaps just raising their prices on items of that nature, they could lower the prices of other things.
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So now I have to be fat and poor?

Fuck this.
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No sympathy for fatties...
The logic is more medical and budget wise.
If one expects a nation to provide health benefits like Denmark does - they should expect the government to restrict various foods that effect the population in general.
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