'Look At America' Says UK Prime Minister As The Country Mulls A Fat Tax

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British Prime Minister David Cameron said the country would consider a “fat tax” in a similar manner to one passed recently in Denmark, reports The Guardian.”I think it is something that we should look at,” he told the UK’s 5 News. “The problem in the past when people have looked at using the tax system in this way is the impact it can have on people on low incomes.”

Cameron went on to use America as an example of a country with a big obesity problem.

“But frankly, do we have a problem with the growing level of obesity?,” he said “Yes. Do we have a kind of warning in terms of – look at America, how bad things have got there – what happens if we don’t do anything? Yes, that should be a wake-up call.”

A recent law in Denmark means that foods with more than 2.3 per cent saturated fat will face a price hike. It is hoped that the legislation will raise $218 million.

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