The Chocolate Tax: Yes or No?
Scoffing chocolate in front of the telly at night is largely responsible for the UK's expanding waistline, according to Dr David Walker, GP, who proposed for a CHOCOLATE TAX at a UK medical conference.
Dr. Walker cites chocolate as an unhealthy food that contributes to diabetes, high blood pressure, and back pain, and he feels that it is to blame for the UK's rising obesity levels:
"Taxing chocolate would not solve the obesity crisis but it might slow the rate of increase of the obesity graph. It would be a brave government to do it, but I think it would show a signal of intent that they really are serious about tackling obesity and foods that are potentially damaging to health."
But this isn't the first time a tax like this was proposed.
The British Medical Association debated a similar motion back in 2003. The motion was voted against, as members felt that it increasing price would have no effect on obesity, and would hit lower income groups the hardest.
Cadbury was disappointed by Dr. Walker's comments, because according to them, chocolate is already paying for the price with 'VAT'. Julian Hunt, Director of Communications at the federation, explains:
“Regressive taxes on the foods that consumers love would result only in lighter wallets, not smaller waists. While good for grabbing headlines, there is no evidence to suggest that such ‘fat taxes’ would actually work in reality.
I personally don't know anyone who blames chocolate for their obesity levels, so to me, it sounds like another scapegoat instead of dealing with the real issues behind obesity.
If they are going to tax chocolate because of obesity, should we be taxing game consoles (except the wii fit, obviously)? What about beer, ice cream, and chips?
And why not just make healthy food options cheaper, instead of unhealthy options more expensive? Wouldn't that motivate people more?
Now where's my Toblerone.