It's official. Denmark has become the first country to issue a so-called 'Fat Tax' to encourage healthy eating. Just like alcohol and tobacco is taxed, Denmark will place a tax on foods containing more than 2.3 percent saturated fat. Denmark, like other European countries, also taxes sugar, chocolate and soft drinks.
While the tax isn't a huge amount, it will raise the average price of a small pack of butter by about 39 cents and the price of a burger by 14 cents, according to Medical News Today. The tax will also raise the price of products like cooking oils, milk and fatty processed foods like pizza. The Denmark government issued the tax to encourage its citizens to make healthier decisions. Saturated fats were targeted because they are known to play a role in cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Such taxes have been proposed in the United States, but have not come to fruition. Would you like to see a tax on fatty foods like Denmark has done?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.