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|2011-10-03 - Weird News|
Diane Alter - AHN News Reporter
Denmark imposes 'fat tax' on foods high in saturated fat
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (AHN) -- Denmark has introduced what is said to be the world's first "fat food tax," applying a surcharge to food with more than 2.3 percent saturated fat. The move is an effort to combat obesity and heart disease.
Before the tax went into effect on Saturday, Danes empties grocery store shelves, hoarding high fat foods. The new tax will be levied on foods like butter, milk, cheese, pizza, oils and meats.
The Scandinavian country does not have a highly overweight population, perhaps because of the country's policies. In 2004, Denmark made it illegal for any food to have more than 2 percent trans fats. In July 2010, the country increased taxes on ice cream, chocolate and sweets by 25 percent. In addition, it also increased taxes on soft drinks, tobacco and alcohol products beyond the minimum levels established by the European Union.
Only about 10 percent of Danes are considered obese, compared to about one-third of adults and approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents in the United States, according to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
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