Following Denmark’s Move to Curb obesity, UK Could Gain Benefit
For a nation like the UK, where a third of children and two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, will taxing junk food prove beneficial in trimming down waists?
Denmark is the first nation in the world, which has imposed tax on junk food. The country has shown signs that their obesity rate among children is diminishing, an achievement in past 60 years. But, their adult obesity rates are still high and the Government is putting efforts to curb the same.
Charlotte Kira Kimby, of the Danish Heart Foundation said, "We know that sugar and fat are really what causes obesity to increase. So to target taxes makes sense and should have an impact on health".
The imposition of tax on junk food in Denmark is also being liked by its residents. Lars Moerck and Karina Kirkefeldt, a Danish couple, who have fought with obesity, have three children and belong to a middle-income group, said that they didn't want their children to face obesity and what they could not do, the Government should do for people's good health. But, there are some who didn't like the tax such as Jesper Moller, Chief Executive of renowned chocolate Company Toms, who argues that when they themselves were reducing calories in the products, taxes were additional burden.
The UK should learn a lesson from the lean Danish, as expressed by Obesity expert Professor Peter Kopelman of the Royal College of Physicians.
A white paper that is to be published by the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley would include the way to deal with increasing obesity rates.