First we elect a female Prime Minister. (YEAH!)
and then as of October 1, we have a new FAT TAX.
No, they are not going to put me in a higher tax bracket because I have more cellulite than most Danes.... (Thank goodness!), but they are going to charge me more if I choose to fill my grocery cart with all those bad fatty things when I shop at Bilka.
It is really quite interesting that Denmark is the first country to impose a tax like this because world-wide, we have one of the lowest percentages of folks who are obese (10% here, as compared with 33% in the US). And don't you love how I am part of that "we"....lol!
So it actually a very pro-active thing that Denmark is doing.... however, perhaps it would have been a good start to deny restaurants like McDonald's from coming to DK and instead invited over Chipotle...
but that is a story for another blog!
So what does a fat tax do??
It has nothing to do with sugar; rather, it means that I will pay extra every time I buy something that has high saturated fats..... like BUTTER (ouch, that one will hurt the Danes when it comes to their rundstykker) and cream cheese (ouch, that one will hurt folks like me who believe that cream cheese is a great "comfort" ingredient when baking!), but in the end (no pun intended) it really might force us to consider healthier options because we ALREADY pay 25% sales tax on these items, so the question must be asked----exactly how much value do we place on a stick of butter?
The world is watching in wonder to see if this works...
and then perhaps others will follow suit.
Because when it comes down to it, Denmark is trying to make sure that THIS:
doesn't turn into this:
a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.....or bottom. Take your pic.