How about a tax on fast food?

Filed on December 2, 2019 | Last updated on December 2, 2019 at 08.31 pm

An increase in excise tax on 'sugary drinks' is a good move. This will create awareness among people and prompt them to reduce the intake of sugary drinks.

The move could also encourage people to start consuming more of fresh or homemade juices. Healthy living, after all, is a choice that we make.

The government has been using the right tools and policies to bring about a change in our health habits. The month-long Fitness Challenge, then open spaces, construction of jogging tracks along the beach in Dubai, kilometres long cycling track, all these should encourage us to adopt a healthier lifestyle. However, I also feel there should be heftier taxes on fast food. Such a move would eventually force people to look for healthier options or relish homemade cooked meals.

-Matthew Litty, Dubai

*The Nano Edit, A sweet move (KT, Dec 2) is timely and rightly points at the over-consumption of sugary drinks and foods, especially by children. Excess of everything is bad, including sweets. I feel there is a strong natural appetite for anything sweet. While as we grow old, some of us are disciplined enough to keep our consumption levels of sugary stuff within acceptable levels, but it becomes difficult to make children and youngsters understand sometimes. On top of it, the range of products have increased on the market shelves and with the rise in consumerism, it is hard to keep a tight rein on its use. A higher tax would surely help.

-Vijayan S Kallunad, Dubai

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