If you want to save your Government some money, put down the fizzy drink and donut. Minister for health Dr James Reilly is exploring the introduction of a “fat tax” on sugary, fat or high salt foods to defray the cost of illnesses brought on by poor diet such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, says the Sunday Business Post. Ireland has one of the highest obesity rates in the world with 38%of the population overweight and 23% obese. We also have 150,000 people with type 2 diabetes and 146,000 estimates as having pre-diabetes. A fat tax has already been introduced in Hungary, Denmark, Finland and France.

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