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Conceptualizing the "Fat Tax": The Role of Food Taxes in Developed Economies

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Article by Jeff Strnad
From Volume 78, Number 5 (July, 2005)

The powerful morbidity and mortality effects of diet combined with growing concern about the obesity "epidemic" have led public health scholars and public interest advocates to call for taxes on food. 3 The proposals fall into two different categories. First, there are "junk food taxes" on less nutritious foods such as soft drinks, candy, or snack foods. Second, there are more ambitious taxes that would apply to a much broader range of foods and food components.

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