BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Health experts say taxes on unhealthy foods need to be higher.
Researchers at the University of Oxford predict a 20 percent tax on sugary drinks in the U.S. would reduce obesity rates up to 3.5 percent. The food industry argues the taxes would be unfair, ineffective and lead to job losses.
In a story posted on The Guardian, experts cited in research published in the British Medical Journal which says efforts should be made to give people incentives to eat "healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables."
According to the article, "Denmark has brought in a 'fat tax,' Hungary a 'junk food tax' and France a tax on all sweetened drinks. Peru intends to add levies to junk food and Ireland may also introduce such taxes. David Cameron last October said the UK should considering following suit."