The recent announcement of a new “fat tax” included in the Kerala budget has generated a lot of discussion around India. The proposed tax seeks to tax burgers, pizzas, and other processed foods at 14.5 percent. It also seeks to tax food served by major fast food brands.
Obesity has emerged as a global problem. According to a study published by acclaimed medical journal Lancet in 2014, India has the third largest number of obese people in the world. According to the study, India is home to 30 million obese people; if the current trends continue, this number will skyrocket to 75 million by 2025.
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