Thomas P.M. Barnett on Denmark’s so-called “fat tax”. The best method for government to combat obesity is to subsidize some of the production costs of healthy food. Policy recommendation: shift subsidies from grains to vegetables, fruits and lean meat.
Human bodies are designed to crave fat, especially when we’re stressed. The body is telling us to store up because things seem dangerous. This is evolution talking: if things are going south, better to stockpile fat now for the bad days ahead.
Problem is, modern life creates all sorts of stresses and modern food companies love moving this sort of product, because it nets them the highest profits.
End result: an obesity epidemic. The food companies know how to trigger our interest, and life provides all manner of stimuli that triggers our desire. The cost is pushed downstream.