Kerala has emerged as the first state in India to introduce the Fat tax on pizzas, burgers, and doughnuts served by branded restaurants. The communist government aims 14.5% tax to make people conscious about their choice of food and health.
According to a national family health survey, after the northern state of Punjab, Kerala has the most number of people suffering from obesity
Finance Minister Thomas Isaac says- “This is more of a preventive measure as Kerala’s food habits are changing dramatically. People are eating a lot of junk food and rejecting traditional food…. The fight against fat has just begun.”
The government isn’t unduly worried about the criticism and says it is targeting only the “elite section of the society” with this tax and that its main aim is to improve public health and get people thinking on what they eat.
Other countries that imposed same tax:
- Denmark once introduced a fat tax in 2011 but repealed it by 2013 when it found consumers shopping across the border for high-fat goods.
- Mexico taxes sugary drinks, breakfast cereals, and sweets.
- Hungary taxes foods high in sugar, salt, and fat.
- Philadelphia is the first major city in the US to introduce a soda tax.