Danish Government’s ‘Fat Tax’ Approach Unlikely To Hit the Target
Is there any impact of escalating tax slab on fat-rich diet on consumer behavior? Perhaps future holds the answer to this. There have been reports that recently Denmark has activated tax on food items which have high saturated fat content, including butter and bacon, but will it make people stay away from their favorite cuisines is a huge question mark.
So far, there have been enough debate on rising obesity rate, and every single nation has done its part to address the concern. Despite of all the lip services and many awareness drives, nothing tangible has come out and perhaps that’s the reason that governments at times are being forced to take unpleasant steps.
Imposing taxes on food can put a significant pressure on the pockets of a common man, but would it make them stay off from their food platters is yet to be known. Though imposing taxes on alcohol products and tobacco had significant impact on its sale in New Zealand, same cannot be said about food items. There is bleak possibility that making staple diet too expensive beyond the reach of a human being could not make any significant impact, though it could anger people to an extent that they could go up against the government.
While the news is hitting the contours of the society, mixed response is being seen. On one side, health experts are struggling to understand the approach the government has taken to combat the challenge, there are a few people who are hoping to get positive results.
It’s known that health experts have long been claimed that obesity must not been seen in dark light rather one should see it in the purview of improvement, but with the kind of firm stance the government has taken, taxpayers are going to face a tough task ahead.
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