If Junk Food Cost 20 Per Cent More, Would That Solve Your Obesity Issues?

By Jon Partridge on at

Well, not that we're calling you fat of course, but do you reckon an increase in price would help people curb down on fatty foods? 'Cause those pesky fellas in lab coats have been at it again, and only this time they're saying that a 'fat tax' should be instated to raise up the costs of unhealthy food and drink by up to 20 per cent.

They also say that fruit n' veg should be a tad more cheaper, as this would then have a significant effect on diet-related conditions and likely to result in health benefits. Dr Oliver Mytton and his colleagues figure that 20 per cent at the minimum is needed to have a profound effect on the population's general health, and while some other countries have gone ahead and taxed junk food; it is still pretty unclear how it could be introduced in this country. Many people in the food industry argue that it would be ineffective, totally not fair and that it could possibly lead to job losses.

I don't know about you, but if I really, really wanted a quick Big Mac fix, I'm not going to let 20 per cent stop me, and I'm pretty sure it's not going to stop anyone else from getting their burger on either. Let us know what you think in the comments. [Metro]