Weekly Current Affairs

Pizzas in Kerala get a 14.5% ‘fat tax’ topping [Health]

  • Kerala announced a 14.5 per cent “fat tax” on pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and tacos sold through branded outlets, in sync with the World Health Organization’s advocacy of using fiscal tools to promote healthy eating.
  • The ‘fat tax’ may not stop children from eating junk food altogether. But there will definitely be a drop in consumption because many parents will put their foot down when it comes to spending more.
  • Like a cigarette tax and an alcohol tax, a fat tax would dissuade children from eating a lot of energy dense foods.
  • Worldwide, obesity rates have prompted governments to consider imposing a tax to slow sales of food laden with saturated fat and sugars.
  • India is the second most obese State.
  • Over 10 per cent of our adolescent girls are already experiencing various effects of obesity like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
  • Kerala has levied a 5 per cent tax on packaged wheat products like atta, maida, suji, rava and packaged basmati rice. Coconut oil, a Kerala staple, was chosen for an additional five per cent tax to help raise coconut procurement price.