Chairperson, timekeeper, adjudicators, Members of the gluttonous,insatiable Opposition, Members of the Proposition, and esteemedmembers of the floor.
The motion today is “This house believes
My partner Joseph and I are extremely in favour of the motion. In my
speech I will talk about the definition of a “Fat Tax”,
Healthy Foods andDenmark
s introduction of a Fat Tax. In my partner Joseph
s speech, hewill be talking about __________________________________________ __________________________________________________________.A fat tax is a tax or that is, well, placed upon fattening foods, beveragesor both. A fat tax aims to discourage unhealthy diets and offsetthe economic costs of obesity. Obesity is increased body weight caused byexcessive accumulation. Numerous studies suggest that as the price of afood increases, consumption of that food decreases. In fact, eatingbehaviour may be more responsive to price increases than to nutritionaleducation. Dr David Ludwig of Harvard University and the Boston GeneralHospital, who coincidentally spoke here in Dublin recently, spoke aboutthere is a higher rate of depression, suicide, unemployment andremaining single among obese people, yet little support for them. A fattax aims to decrease the consumption of foods that are linked to obesity,and hence, help to solve these problems.The Danish gov
ernment’s now infamous fat tax
has caused aninternational uproar, applauded by public health advocates on the onehand and dismissed on the other as a nannying state social engineeringgone berserk, by thick and dense people such as the Opposition, if theytruly carry out what they are appraising.
I see it as one country’s attempt to stave off rising obesity rates, and its
associated medical conditions. But the policies
confusing. WhyDenmark of all places? Why particular foods? Will such taxes reallychange eating behaviour? An
d aren’t there better ways to halt or reverse
rising rates of diet-related disease?
Before getting to these questions, let’s look at what Denmark has done.
In 2009, its government announced a major tax overhaul aimed atcushioning the shock of the global economic crisis, promoting renewable