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    Denmark scraps their fat tax. Too costly (Duh.) Failed to work (Double Duh.)

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp...15c33bd28bf.71

    I did not know this. I thought the Danes were a thin people.
    According to the Danish National Health and Medicines Authority, 47 percent of Danes are overweight and 13 percent are obese.

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    Re: Denmark scraps their fat tax. Too costly (Duh.) Failed to work (Double Duh.)

    Americans take the brunt of the jokes, but the truth is the majority of the developed world is overweight. There is now some debate amongst the scientific community as to why. Its obvious that burning 1500 calories a day isn't going to cut it when you eat 3 Big Macs and fries a day; but that doesn't completely explain the overall growing weight of people in the developed world.

    The most common belief seems to be that some combination of genetic factors triggered by a generation or two of fairly easy (or sedentary) life, combined with the pollutants found in most developed countries, and combined with the engineering of most common foods these days is the cause. As such, a "fat tax" might work to prevent gross obesity in most people, but it won't stop the slow decline into mild obesity for most people.
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    Re: Denmark scraps their fat tax. Too costly (Duh.) Failed to work (Double Duh.)

    If a fat tax would work, wouldn't a sin tax prevent gambling, alcohol, and nicotine addicts?

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    Re: Denmark scraps their fat tax. Too costly (Duh.) Failed to work (Double Duh.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Fatboy View Post
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp...15c33bd28bf.71

    I did not know this. I thought the Danes were a thin people.
    What? But aren't all taxes good? And a useful tool for guiding a society towards the socialistic Utopia? The Danes are obviously mistaken!

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    Re: Denmark scraps their fat tax. Too costly (Duh.) Failed to work (Double Duh.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Fatboy View Post
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp...15c33bd28bf.71

    I did not know this. I thought the Danes were a thin people.
    Compare to the U.S., they're beanpoles...

    http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

    More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.

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    Re: Denmark scraps their fat tax. Too costly (Duh.) Failed to work (Double Duh.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Really Big Bama Fan View Post
    What? But aren't all taxes good? And a useful tool for guiding a society towards the socialistic Utopia? The Danes are obviously mistaken!
    Since you're in uber-snark mode....

    We can always compare Finland, or <insert european country you want to mock> to some of the least taxed nations. Those would include Qatar, the united arab emirates, or the former soviet republic of Georgia. I am sure all of these countries are capitalist utopias.

    Of course, not all taxes are good. However, don't sound too incredulous that this was tried. The punitive taxes on cigarettes have curtailed their use (as a counter example)
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    Re: Denmark scraps their fat tax. Too costly (Duh.) Failed to work (Double Duh.)

    A flat tax should be designed to pay for the increased cost of caring for the obese. They shouldn't be designed to decrease the amount of obese people.
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