Lisa Wehr's Public Health Blog

Lisa is originally from Sigourney, Iowa. She attended Iowa State University and received her bachelor’s degree in Music in 2010. She is currently a first year Master’s of Public Health (MPH) student in community and behavioral health (CBH). Lisa works on the medicine-psychiatry unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). Through this blog Lisa hopes to let people learn about the CBH department.

This student blog is unedited and does not necessarily reflect the views of the College of Public Health or the University of Iowa.

03 October 2011

Fat Tax

Denmark's new "fat tax" on food containing more than 2.3% saturated fax has caused an explosion of news stories.

This is the latest attempt to reduce obesity, the public health concern of the century.

My question is what happens with the income generated from the tax? Will it be used to fund more obesity treatment/interventions? That would seem a logical choice and probably the one to make the most health difference.

This BBC story is brief but brings up some interesting questions.

Similar ideas have been discussed for soda and the like in the United States. With this move by Denmark perhaps we will get actual evidence on the efficacy of such interventions.

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