facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Australia implements tax on high-fat foods

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   May 8, 2013 at 6:09 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
May 8 (UPI) -- Australia has moved forward with a tax on fatty food, according to Medical Daily.

The tax plan, put together by the Obesity Policy Coalition in Australia, limits the percentage of saturated fat in foods.

The fat tax will apply to all foods that contain more than 2.3 percent saturated fat, including oils, meats, cheeses and processed foods.

Overweight Australians are 63 percent of the population, and Obesity Policy Coalition spokesperson Jane Martin said that previous policies encouraging physical activity did not decrease the amount of obese people -- it just stabilized the rate.

The money from the tax will go toward lowering the price of healthy foods.

Follow @cmlee and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Why the fake braces trend may be dangerous for users
2
Jared Leto 'stopped eating' for his 'Dallas Buyer's Club' role
3
Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady drop $14M on Manhattan home
4
Kelly LeBrock arrested for DUI
5
Brandi Brandt faces drug charges in Australia
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback