Denmark’s new and first ever fat tax will go into effect starting this Saturday as part of the efforts to fight the growing obesity in the country. According to the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Europe’s obesity average of the total population is approximately 15% while slightly under 10% of the Danish population is obese.
This fat tax comes at a time when several European countries, particularly England of which 24.5% of the population are obese (some researchers stated that 70% of England’s population could be obese by 2050), are considering imposing fat taxes to tackle the growing obesity rates.
Countries like Hungary, Australia, Switzerland and Austria have already put up measures such as banning trans fats. Earlier this year, Hungary drew up a tax on all foods with high levels of sugar, salt, caffeine and carbohydrates.
In 2004, Denmark also banned all foods that contained more than two percent of trans fats and in 2010, Denmark slapped a tax on junk food with high levels of sugar as well.
Denmark’s fat tax will force buyers of products such as butter and crisps to pay extra. Foods that are composed of more than 2.3% saturated fat will have a surcharge applied to them as well.
Denmark’s Institute for Food and Resource Economics claims that at least 4% of the premature deaths in the Danish population are related to obesity.
Estimates for the fat tax to garner a large sum from sales ranging from 1.9 billion Danish kroner (~255 million euros) to 2.2 billion Danish kroner (~295 million euros).