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Does a fat tax help?

While burgers and pizzas have been taxed, fattening Indian foods like samosa and jalebis have been left out

Veenu Sandhu 

Kerala's Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front government has taken the fight against fat to the next level. It has announced a 14.5 per cent "fat tax" on burgers, pizzas, donuts, tacos, sandwiches and pasta served in branded restaurants and fast food chains like McDonald's, Burger King and Pizza Hut.

The move has invited sharp reactions from outlets selling these food items. It has also triggered a debate on whether or not a fat tax acts as a deterrent and prevents people from eating unhealthy, fattening junk food. Not everybody agrees that it ...

First Published: Sat, July 16 2016. 00:15 IST
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