On their own, simple economic measures aimed at tackling some dimension of an unhealthy lifestyle cannot work. What is needed is a deeper understanding of why some people make unhealthy choices while others do not. These may include poverty and lack of information or education, but they may also include cognitive psychological differences.
Airlines should charge overweight passengers more for their plane tickets an academic has suggested. The move would enable
Cameron Is Right to Ditch Booze Tax - Why Do We Drink to Excess and Why He Needs to Bin the Fat and Bedroom Taxes Too
This ditched tax, along with the proposed 'fat tax' and 'bedroom tax' will only hit the poor. Those former members of the Bullingdon Club wouldn't notice a hitch in wine prices but the little old lady on a fixed income who likes a sherry before dinner and the dwindling few who pop into the pub on the way home from work would have shouldered this tax.
We give companies the ability to advertise harmful foods to children in a misleading way. We make healthier food more expensive and harder to come by. We create living environments not conducive to active lives. We then chastise the obese for not exercising their personal choice as if they made that choice in a vacuum.
We, as a society need to rethink how we treat obesity - medically and socially. Each day when I leave my house I am confronted by fat phobia - be it shouted from white vans or the huff and puffs of people forced to sit next to me on public transport. I am fully aware my body repulses some of you- but I don't care
On Monday a report called 'Measuring Up' was released by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges which outlined 10 suggestions
Maybe the AMRC should have looked to Denmark for answers, or at least for the wrong answers. In 2011 they brought in their own fat tax on foods containing more than 2.3 % saturated fat. But less than two years later it's been deemed a failure and is to be abolished.
The fact that obesity stories are frequently written in emotive language that can elicit disgust and engender spiteful comments (from presumably slim) readers, leads to obese people being ashamed to admit they are seeking help.
Obese children should be offered stomach surgery in an effort to help them reduce their weight to safer levels, a leading
Fizzy drink businesses have not exactly embraced a call by GPs for them to be taxed heavily to help tackle spiralling levels
Fizzy drinks should be taxed, fast food outlets near schools limited and new parents given specific advice on how to feed
The newish minister for public health probably thought she was being sympathetic with her comments about obesity and the poor. But she was really just revealing her prejudices.
I have previously discussed how a "junk food" tax is an idealistic, ill conceived notion, and its feasibility and outcome far different in reality than it is on paper. That is, except for soft drinks which I proposed should be taxed as high as 100%.
Britain would need to put a 20% "fat tax" on unhealthy food and drink to improve the numbers of people suffering diet-related
All smokers know that they trade a slice of life for a couple of minutes' pleasure. We don't need to have constant mockery thrown into the bargain. Because that's what a £7.04 20 pack is. A massive piss take.
I'm not sure about the fat tax. My concern is that it would hit those who can least afford it the hardest. Action's no doubt needed but making food even dearer in the current economic climate doesn't seem like a good - or fair - policy.
Is this really the apogee of British political humour? Jokes about Eric Pickles' weight are cheap, they are easy and worst of all they have been done before, several times.
The Government will consider introducing a "fat tax" to tackle Britain's growing levels of obesity, David Cameron has said
This weekend in Denmark, fatty foods and butter will be slapped with ‘fat tax’ in a bid to cut obesity rates and heart disease
Health experts have warned that the government should tax unhealthy foods or half of the population will be obese by 2030