Denmark gets fat tax

2011-10-02 20:50

Copenhagen - Denmark has imposed a "fat tax" on foods such as butter and oil as a way to curb unhealthy eating habits.

The Nordic country introduced the tax on Saturday, of $2.90 per kilogram of saturated fat in a product.

Ole Linnet Juul, food director at Denmark's Confederation of Industries, says the tax will increase the price of a burger by around $0.15 and raise the price of a small package of butter by around $0.40.

The tax was approved by large majority in a parliament in March as a move to help increase the average life expectancy of Danes.

While other European countries have already imposed higher taxes on sugar, Linnet Juul says he believes Denmark is the first country in the world to tax fatty foods.

  • Jackool - 2011-10-02 21:37

    Sounds so nice and health conscious, but it really only has to do with raking in money. If it was for health reasons they would lower the tax on healthy foods and differentiate between saturated and unsaturated fats. Quite amazing seeing this once rich country scrambling to rake in more cash for a struggling economy.

  • gizzy - 2011-10-02 21:43

    So pathetic. I love my bread with my butter!!!! I have always been a size 10 and never weighed more than 55 kilos. It's not what you eat but how much. I have never dieted and do not go to the gym. The secret is to never eat that you are full. Always stop before you get to that point!

      Pickle - 2011-10-03 11:33

      Every body is different. Just because you're genetics allow you to eat this way and stay looking good does not mean the next person will have the same pleasure as you...

      Agnostic - 2011-10-03 11:57

      @Pickle - Gizzy doesn't consume more calaries than what is needed for energy, thus not gettng fat. Fat people eat way too much and exercise way too little. I am fat and it is because I eat too much and exercise too little. No excuse for being fat. Anyone can look good. Just need to take the effort to do so. (nothing to do with genetics)

  • Deset Rat - 2011-10-02 21:48

    I would like to see a extra weight tax on air flights. If a male is over 88 Kgs or a female is over 78 Kgs flying economy or economy plus must pay occupy twin seats and pay the fare for 2 seats. That will get people taking the flab off!

      Lucky Strike - 2011-10-02 22:11

      I really agree with this one. I do understand that there are some people that have genuine weight problems but when you get these huge people sitting next to you and then they also come into the plane with 3 large pieces of "hand" luggage!!! Not fair. They should pay extra instead of pushing me out of my seat.

      Jackool - 2011-10-02 22:24

      What if you are a top fit sports person with no body fat weighing in at 110 kg? I myself have very little body fat an eat very healthy, but weigh in at 92 kg. I think your 88kg for a male is way off.

      Thandi - 2011-10-03 07:47

      @Lucky - I share your grievances, but there is no way that I will raise the arm rest to make way for some lard-butt who cannot fit into the allotted seat - FIFO.

      ryan.macdougall - 2011-10-03 08:25

      dude 88ks is not alot for most men im 59 and i weigh that and have 11 percent body fat my brother is 6.5 and hardlu gyms and is lean and over a 100. Dude your an idiot and probibly a man with small sature, not everyone can be small if you said 150 kgs then i agree.

      ryan.macdougall - 2011-10-03 08:26

      5.9 feet not 59 in age

  • Nico - 2011-10-02 22:03

    SA should tax the FAT people in South Africa.....!!!!!

  • AntonioP - 2011-10-03 00:53

    Oh wait till the local ANC-thieves hear of this! (Curses, news24, how do you know our minister of health does not read this? Thanks for giving him ideas.) Of course the dirt-cheap, tax-payers subsidised parliamentary lunches are not / will not be taxed -and it shows!

  • rantoftheday - 2011-10-03 08:57

    So rather than have an outright ban on foods deemed unhealthy they impose taxes? So now Danes will be unhealthy AND poor.

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