Last week Denmark made news for imposing a tax on foods containing saturated fat. Although Danes have a low obesity rate (just 10% of the population), government health officials say this tax will help reduce the problem even further.

Denmark’s new tax will be based on the amount of saturated fat in foods. According to the Washington Post: “The tax — 16 Danish kroner per kilogram of saturated fat in a food – works out to about $6.27 per pound of saturated fat. It hits all foods with a saturated fat content above 2.3 percent. Danes reportedly began hoarding butter and other fatty products before the new regulation kicked in.”

Proponents of the tax have targeted saturated fat as a health risk, while opponents say the tax targets ALL food (such as lean meats and dairy products), not just unhealthy ones.

Many are watching Denmark’s “fat tax” to see if it’s successful and if it can work here in the U.S.

But should we?

Some argue that a “fat tax” would hit low-income households the hardest because they are the most likely to eat cheap, unhealthy foods, (Mrs. Obama is apparently against a tax), while others feel it might get people to eat better. Without offering cheap, healthy options, however, I fear a “fax tax” will just be yet another burden placed on our most fragile households.

But what do you think? Should America institute a “fat tax” on unhealthy foods? 

Let’s talk about it! 

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  • S.

    If most people who eat unhealthy food as a staple are POOR or just getting by, why would we tax that food??? That makes NO sense

    Wouldn’t it be smarter to find a way to make healthy food more affordable so that they’d be motivated to stop buying the unhealthy product???

    Gee, let’s find ways to make the poor poorer! O_o

  • Jenn

    A.) Calling it a fat tax ends up stigmatizing fat people more than anything B.) I think if we want to tax non-nutritious foods then saturated fat isn’t the item of most concern. There are more harmful things we could look at. Added sweetener content or added salt content for one. Extend of food processing (how close is it to actual *food*) and of course education. How many people know that American Cheese isn’t actually cheese or that corn is not a vegetable? I think taxing unhealthy foods is just a lazy bandaid. There are literally dozens of more effective routes we could take.