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This is in context with the recent regulation passed by the state of Kerala in India. Kerala state boasts of highest literacy rate and lowest maternal and infant mortality rate in India. In the recent budget session, Kerala state government announced its decision to levy a 14.5% Fat tax on foods like pizza, burgers, etc. which are sold in restaurants.
This move by the state Government of Kerala is a significant move in terms of the thought process which as gone behind it. In the medical community we all know the hazards of junk foods and we can only stare in despair at the growing popularity of such foods amongst the young generation. This move of taxing unhealthy foods is probably the first one of its kind in India and it will set a precedent which will be emulated (hopefully) by several other authorities.
I think that there was a similar sugar tax on sweet and sugary foods being levied in England because of the growing epidemic of obesity over there. However this tax is the first one of its kind in India. Does such type of a tax exist anywhere else? This is the link to the article: