‘Fat tax’ for healthier you

Fatty foods like chips, biscuits and cream cakes should cost more, according to medical researchers in Oxford. They think making foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar more expensive, could save thousands of lives a year by encouraging us to eat more healthily. Their research showed adding a value added tax (VAT) of 17.5 per cent on fatty foods could prevent thousands of people from heart attacks and strokes every year. But the idea of a ‘fat tax’ has been rejected by the government in the past. Some people are also worried that a ‘fat tax’ would hit poorer families hardest. That’s because poorer families tend to buy the most high-fat foods and a fat tax would mean they have even less cash to spend. Lots of countries in Europe already add some sort of tax to different kinds of food.