Junk Food To Be Tax

Taiwan is planning the world’s first tax on junk food in a bid to encourage the public to eat healthily and cut obesity rates.

The Bureau of Health Promotion is drafting a Bill to levy the special tax on food deemed unhealthy, such as sugary drinks, candy, cakes, fast food and alcohol. Revenue from the tax would finance groups promoting health awareness or subsidise the island’s cash-strapped national health insurance programme, the report said.

“Overweight problems are getting worse in Taiwan with 25 to 30 per cent of children obese, and it will cause more strain on our national health system,” Beryl Sheu, chief of the foundation’s food nutrition division, said.

“Hopefully the tax will dissuade people from eating junk food and snacks and prompt food companies to make healthier products.”

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