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Taxes for fatty products in Denmark, carbs in Hungary....

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 01, 2011 at 10:05 PM

According to this http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8796522/Denmark-taxes-fatty-products.html the Danes have started specific taxing to most fat/containing products. In the meantime the article says that Hungary is targeting high/carb and sugary products. It seems that the Danes have the wrong target, do not they ...Also what do you think of the idea of governments taxing whatever they assume to be unhealthy foods, does it make sense_

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on October 17, 2011
at 03:25 PM

A concern is that the people seem naturally thin, and their continued thinness can now be used as proof that the low fat plan works.

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on October 06, 2011
at 03:56 PM

The government (any government) would bungle that. There would be a 14-point critical thinking questionnaire to administer, preferably by PhDs with the proper government-supplied credential. Then the PhD's could assess the decisions, declare if they are indeed critically-derived, and assess the necessary fines until compliance is reached.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 01, 2011
at 11:45 PM

Agreed...prohibition doesn't work, and the sin tax is self righteous garbage spouted by politicians appealing to "family values" by trying to play big brother to all of us morons that cant think for ourselves.

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on October 01, 2011
at 10:37 PM

Government should encourage its citizens to be critical thinkers and make their own decisions

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8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

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on October 01, 2011
at 10:29 PM

Not a huge fan of social engineering. I would be against all such rules, even those that are in agreement with my thinking on nutrition.

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(2169)

on October 01, 2011
at 10:37 PM

Government should encourage its citizens to be critical thinkers and make their own decisions

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on October 06, 2011
at 03:56 PM

The government (any government) would bungle that. There would be a 14-point critical thinking questionnaire to administer, preferably by PhDs with the proper government-supplied credential. Then the PhD's could assess the decisions, declare if they are indeed critically-derived, and assess the necessary fines until compliance is reached.

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on October 01, 2011
at 11:10 PM

If history is any indicator, legislative attempts to "make" people "healthy" are doomed to failure and are usually epic f-ups.

People respond to their environment (it's Darwin in action!) and act accordingly.

For example...

Shitty job market, people get depressed, alcohol and other drug consumption goes up.

Government goes into a tizzy and declares "war on drugs".

Non-violent drug offenders are incarcerated along with violent offenders and become violent themselves.

Crime increases as there are now more violent criminals who can't get jobs due to criminal records.

Job environment improves due to innovation unrelated to and in spite of legislators.

People start using less drugs as they are spending more time working.

Government declares "mission accomplished".

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on October 01, 2011
at 11:45 PM

Agreed...prohibition doesn't work, and the sin tax is self righteous garbage spouted by politicians appealing to "family values" by trying to play big brother to all of us morons that cant think for ourselves.

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C2ad96801ec1e22d2bf62475b6e52751

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on October 02, 2011
at 01:20 AM

On the bright side, if saturated fat kills, Denmark'll be the first to know.

8949bf87b0e0aefcad10f29975e4fa2b

(8989)

on October 17, 2011
at 03:25 PM

A concern is that the people seem naturally thin, and their continued thinness can now be used as proof that the low fat plan works.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on October 02, 2011
at 12:06 AM

Maybe the people of Denmark are a completely different species than those of Hungary. ;0P

Seriously, taxing Chicken Paprikash with Spaetzel is a nice way to start a civil war in Hungry.

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35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

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on October 01, 2011
at 11:02 PM

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