in these countries, the taxes go to pay for health care, if I'm not mistaken.
Perhaps, perhaps not! The one thing that is sure, people at the lower end of the socio-economic scale will be hurt most by such a tax.
And who's to say they're the ones eating the most saturated fat? Most people I know at the lower end of the socio-economic scale can't afford dairy products, meats, takeaways dripping with it. For many it's rice, noodles, powdered milk and yesterday's bread.... fortnightly trips to a charity just to make ends meet.
I'm not in that category, thank goodness, but then I'm tight as a duck's arse [read watertight] when it comes to spending on groceries and other essentials like clothing, etc. A few weeks back I bought clothes for the first time in about 10 years, and when shopping for groceries it's generic brands all the way, unless branded products a marked waaaaay down and represent true value for money. Anything and everything that's priced too high in my opinion stays in the store... and if I think a store is ripping people off, I let them know in no uncertain terms [many customers too].
So, if our crummy government introduces a fat tax here, I'll just be leaving more and more on the supermarket shelf and finding alternative ways of feeding ourselves. There's plenty of weekend markets popping up all over the place with all kinds of produce, and we're already leaning that way more and more as the big supermarkets gouge more and more. The other thing we're starting to do is grow more stuff of our own, in above ground garden beds cos the less I have to bend the better these days