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The Economics and Public Health Imperatives of Imposing Health Tax on Junk Food

Imposing additional tax on foods high in sugar, fat and salt can reduce incidence of non-communicable diseases thus reducing the stress on public health system.

Imposing an additional tax on sugar, salt and fat used in colas, confectionaries and junk foods may help reduce its consumption and also prevent the incidence of obesity, diabetes and blood pressure. According to a World Bank report of 2019, 70% of all overweight and obese people live in Low and Middle-Income countries, with a 55% rise in rural areas. The incidence of non-communicable diseases has increased form 38% in 1990 in India to 65% in 2019. India has witnessed a compounded annual gr...

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