Taxing Unhealthy Foods and Beverages: A Burden or Blessing for the Poor?

In a blog post for the Global Health Council, I debate the benefits and drawbacks to taxing food and beverages that are high in calories but have little nutritional value.

The increasing risk of obesity globally is being driven partly by a combination of price increases in staple foods such as maize and wheat and less expensive low-nutrition food. A strong case exists for taxing low-nutrition foods to encourage people to make healthier choices. However, these taxes disproportionately affect the poor if more affordable alternatives are unavailable. Policymakers interested in such taxes should design them with the poor in mind.

Read the full blog post at the Global Health Council.
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