News out today that Denmark have introduced one of the worlds first Fat Tax‘s. From this Saturday, the price of a pack of butter will soar by around 25 pence, a bag of potato chips by 6 pence, and a pound of ground beef by 10 pence, as the government levies the new tax of 2.50 euros per kilogram of saturated fat.
“There’s never been a tax on fats like this,” said Dr. Jorgen Dejgard Jensen at Copenhagen University, whose institute proposed the tax. “We will gain some very useful insights during the next year or two about whether it is changing consumption patterns, and also regarding the feasibility of implementing such a tax.”
Although the new tax is also aimed at foods containing unhealthy levels of salt, sugar and carbohydrates in has definitely gone a step too far in targeting Saturated Fat. This is without doubt ‘conventional wisdom gone mad and only serves to show what a real mess we are in when governments enforce their policies in such a way.
But it is here in Britain which has the greatest obesity problem in Europe, campaigners have urged the government to follow Denmark’s lead. Tam Fry, spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, said: “It is not a question of whether we should follow the Danes’ lead – we have to. If we don’t do anything about it, by 2050, 70% of the British population will be obese or overweight and that would result not only in the downfall of the NHS but also of our national workforce.” A recent study found that poor health and obesity costs the UK economy at least £21.5bn a year.
To further compound this issue, Dr Colin Waine, former chairman of the National Obesity Forum, welcomed the move. “All these things need to be looked at, but saturated fats have a higher calorie content than carbohydrates. I don’t think you can do everything all at once.”
Beware all…Britain is next!
Fight the fight against the most dangerous of all threats to our existence, that is conventional wisdom!
- Fat Cat Cameron’s Battle of the Bulge Blunder (paleoworks.wordpress.com)
- Body blow for butter-loving Danes as fat tax kicks in (guardian.co.uk)
Posted on October 3, 2011, in Events, News, Paleoworks, The Science and tagged Carbohydrate, Caveman Diet, Copenhagen University, Denmark, Fat tax, National Health Service, Obesity, Saturated fat, Sugar, Tax. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.