Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Taiwan May Introduce World's First Junk Food Tax

Source: AFP (Summary by NIM)

There has been much talk about imposing a junk food tax in the US, but Taiwan may turn out to be a world leader when it comes to this health-promoting movement.

In order to encourage their citizens to eat healthfully and cut obesity rates, The Bureau of Health Promotion in Taiwan may impose a tax on foods considered unhealthy, such as sugary drinks, candy, cakes, fast food and alcohol.

According to Beryl Sheu, chief of the food and nutrition division of a Taiwanese health advocacy group, the John Tung Foundation, "Overweight problems are getting worse in Taiwan with 25 to 30 percent of children obese, and it will cause more strain on our national health system,".

She went on to say "Hopefully the tax will dissuade people from eating junk food and snacks and prompt food companies to make healthier products,". The tax may take effect as soon as 2011.

Find out more about the junk food tax by reading the article "Taiwan 'considering world's first junk food tax'" from AFP (Dec. 21, 2009).