Denmark increases prices on fatty foods, fat tax or “fat lie”?
It’s no secret that Denmark has a very high cost of living and with 25% sales tax on all items, including food and clothing, most everything costs a bit more here. I will admit it was odd to see people stockpiling butter the other day, the day before the new “fat tax” was imposed. What was even more astonishing was seeing how a small bag of nuts cost around 50 Dkr, or around $10, or full fat milk cost significantly more than low-fat. I had to wonder if this fat tax has something more to do with compensating for other economic troubles than it does keeping the nation trim. I don’t deny that the idea of imposing a “fat tax” is brilliant, and I totally support it, but when you ask a Dane on the street if they plan to cut out their morning pastry, the answer is, “no.”
Another view is that some say fat is not the real culprit, it’s salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates.
Here is a list of coverage regarding the tax. What’s your view?
Denmark’s fat tax – Washington Post
Denmark levies world’s first fat tax – Yahoo.com
Fat tax draws foreign attention – Copenhagen Post
Denmark Imposes A ‘Fat Tax’ – CBS Minnesota
Taxing fat in cultures that see it as prosperity – The Economic Times
VAT on FAT? – Kipper Report