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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.