Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Chocolate Tax to Fight Obesity?

As funny as it sounds, some Scottish doctors are proposing that a heavier tax be placed on foods that contain chocolate! The doctors claim that chocolate is a major player in the obesity and diabetes epidemic that has swept the UK, and that a higher price will discourage people from purchasing as many treats as they do. Apparently, much of the population consumes almost a day's worth of calories in sweets on top of their regular meals.

As great as this tax sounds (yeah, sorry, chocolate should really only be eaten in moderation - it's for the greater good!), Julian Hunt of the Food and Drink Federation said: "Introducing regressive taxes on the foods that consumers love would result only in lighter wallets, not smaller waists".

For the time being we'll just have to wait and see if this tax is actually passed - after that we can find out if the nation slims down as a result! My hope is that we're a little more sensible than to eat a whole chocolate bar at lunch, am I wrong?