Monday, 15 November 2010

Tax the Fat

A quick heads up for an episode of the BBC's Panorama program tonight at 2030hrs called "Tax the Fat":
  • Britain is the fattest nation in Europe, and it's slowly killing us. So is it time to tax the fat? Would putting up the price of junk food, high in sugar and fat, cut obesity rates in the same way as a tax on cigarettes has helped reduce smoking? Panorama travels to Denmark - the first country in the world to implement such a tax - to see how it's working there, and to the

    US, where a proposal to tax sugary drinks like Coca Cola has met with fierce opposition.
    Could a fat tax here help the NHS to afford the ever-rising cost of treating obesity-related illnesses like diabetes and heart disease? Reporter Shelley Jofre puts the idea to the Health Secretary, and to families who would have to pay more for junk food.
Whilst I have some sympathy with this position, the taxing of junk food, sadly I know that the government, the manufacturers, and I, will all have a different idea of what constitutes 'junk food'!
It will be available on iPlayer.
By the way, check out this image of Andrew Lansley, the current Health Secretary.  Witness the fitness fatness.  Pound to a penny he wants to tax saturated fat and red meat, and cut tax on health whole grains!  Eat less and do more Andrew, eat less and do more!

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