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Indian Doctors bat for Fat Tax in the country

Indian Doctors bat for Fat Tax in the country

New Delhi : Calling for urgent action to provide screening and treatment, along with lifestyle modifications to control the rising burden Diabetes, CVD and CKD in India, Experts were seen batting for what is commonly known as Fat Tax in the country.A fat tax is a tax or surcharge that is placed upon fattening food, beverages.

The recommendations of  Drs Anoop Misra ( National Diabetes, Obesity and Cholestrol Foundation India), Nikhil Tandon ( Dept of Endocrinology, AIIMS) and colleagues featured in the latest edition of British Medical Journal titled Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease in south Asia:: current status and future direction.

The doctors were seen clear cut recommending the Implementation of taxes on unhealthy foods

 A tax of 20% on sugar sweetened drinks in India is projected to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity by 3.0%  and the incidence of type 2 diabetes by 1.6% over the period 2014-23, assuming that consumption increases in line with current trends.

Standing in favour of the move of the Kerala Governement of “fat tax” on pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and tacos sold through branded food outlets, the doctors stated that such strategies must be adopted in cities of South Asia that experience widespread marketing and consumption of unhealthy fast foods.

The authors gave a special mention of Palm oil, widely prevalent in the country which is high in saturated fat and causes a large increase in cholesterol concentrations

a 20% tax on palm oil purchases in India is projected to avert approximately 363 000 deaths from myocardial infarctions and strokes over the period 2014-23 (1.3% reduction in cardiovascular deaths)

Besides this, the study also recommended strengthening of health system capacity in delivering Non Communicable Disease care, nation-wide programmes against Diabetes, CVD and CKD and also increased investment in surveillance and research in the field

Currently Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease now account for 27%, 4.0%, and 3.0% of deaths, respectively, in South Asia.

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    Dr.V.C.SURESH CHANDER April 21, 2017, 3:59 pm

    these are policies layed down by cunning politicians in cohoots with the owners of such junk food products this is hurting the people who occasionally want eat and drink this is a nasty solution GOD HELP THIS COUNTRY FROM CORRUPT POLITICIANS and businessmen

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    Rajendra Kumar Agarwal April 20, 2017, 10:11 am

    Instead of Fat tax, Govt should promote consumption of dairy product as well as avoid cold drinks and food containing plain sugars.
    Promote fibre rich diet.

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    Lakshmi Sundararajan April 19, 2017, 7:35 am

    What is important is to advertise widely the fat tax as well as to label the foods prominently. The key is to increase awareness and decrease the consumption of such foods by the population. The government should pump the money back into aggressive advertising of healthy food habits.

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    Hemant Painter MD April 18, 2017, 4:37 pm

    you people are trying to follow the American failed policies. Be original. I see all the American ideas coming up in India. They only take away public choices and interfere with peoples independence.
    You should not interfere with individuals choices
    Government has no right to dictate what we eat . Its only a money making plan .
    Ghee and Oil will be taxed too?

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    Rajendra Kumar Agarwal April 20, 2017, 10:04 am


  6. A tax on unhealthy food is welcome but why is alcohol and cigarettes not taxed sky high? There\’s a much stronger argument for those products causing mortality/morbidity. In fact the tax should be so high on those products that we could shift the fund got from taxing alcohol and cigarettes to writing off farmer loans. First do that successfully then come to food.
    You may even suggest cutting stopping TV and Internet service after 10pm as the late night sleeping of many because of this is leading to hypertension and social issues, indirectly leading to heart diseases.
    Fat tax is the most absurd suggestion in the present context from a group of people who don\’t have their priorities right. The easiest people to get bashed will get punched.