The Truth About The UK Fat Tax – An Austerity Measure?


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In this episode I explore the proposal for a UK “fat tax”, which would increase prices on fatty, sugary and “unhealthy” food and drink products, to discourage their purchase.

Is there any scientific evidence that proves taxing food improves health? Is it about taking the burden off the NHS, or a more cynical austerity measure mirroring alcohol and cigarettes, which people still fork out for the privilege of using?

Does the Government even have the right to manipulate what free human beings do with their bodies?

Further Reading:

  • Denmark introduces world’s first food fat tax
  • UK could introduce ‘fat tax’, says David Cameron
  • British Medical Journal: 20% “fat tax” needed to improve population health
  • BBC Radio 5 live: Fat Tax Debate audio
  • Doctors call for tax on fizzy drinks: The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Denmark scraps fat tax after it emerges people were travelling across the border in search of cheaper unhealthy snacks
  • CBC Video: Denmark’s failed fat tax experiment
  • TYT Video: Denmark Ends Fat Tax – Could it Work Elsewhere?
  • 2008: David Cameron launches ‘moral neutrality’ attack on obese, idle and poor
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