Chile’s had its fair share of troubles lately, what with an earthquake that began the year by turning half the country into natural disaster zones, and now they’ve got a man-made problem on their proverbial plate: Obesity. Turns out, Chile’s one of the most obese countries in the Americas, with 62% of the population overweight or obese, and almost 22% of first-grade students already considered obese. And, according to an article from The Global Post, “Combating Chile’s Exploding Obesity Rates,” some are proposing that Chile begin taxing junk food, both to curb obesity and help pay for post-earthquake reconstruction.
Critics say that such a tax would be unfair to companies in the food industry, because there are no legal definitions of “junk food,” but many blame fast food chains and big food corporations for causing the obesity problems in the first place: Obesity rates soared with the introduction of fast food restaurants including KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Domino’s after the end of Chile’s dictatorship in 1990.
via Global Health