Denmark seriously rethinking the world’s first “fat tax”

posted at 3:31 pm on November 11, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Last year, Denmark levied the first-ever national “fat tax” on food products containing saturated fats in an effort to both exert some sway over what the goverment deemed were members of the Danish population’s unhealthy eating habits, and perhaps bring in some extra revenue at the same time. Two birds, one stone — easy, right?

No, not really. The government’s effort to socially engineer the behavior of its populace actually came with a whole host of unintended consequences that negatively impacted the economy and largely failed to slim down Danes’ waistlines anyway. Who could’ve seen this coming? Via the AFP:

Denmark said Saturday it would scrap a fat tax it introduced a little over a year ago in a world first, saying the measure was costly and failed to change Danes’ eating habits.

“The fat tax and the extension of the chocolate tax — the so-called sugar tax — has been criticised for increasing prices for consumers, increasing companies’ administrative costs and putting Danish jobs at risk,” the Danish tax ministry said in a statement.

“At the same time it is believed that the fat tax has, to a lesser extent, contributed to Danes travelling across the border to make purchases,” it added.

“Against this background, the government and the (far-left) Red Green Party have agreed to abolish the fat tax and cancel the planned sugar tax,” the ministry said.

Thus run such statist attempts impose top-down virtue upon the masses — but at least Denmark had the good sense to scrap the effort instead of doubling down on stupid, as big-government proponents are wont to do. There are plenty of people and groups who have proposed the idea of a fat tax in the United States as a viable method of dealing with the obesity crisis, but one would hope this will serve as a useful indicator of the negative effects that these kinds of propositions inevitably end up having.


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Schadenfreude on November 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM

It’s like the foie gras ban in Cali. Restaurants skirt the law by selling 30 dollar brioche with complimentary foie gras on the side and individuals cross the border and buy it in Nevada. Did no one learn anything from Prohibition?

Carolina21 on November 11, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Can’t sugar coat the fact that doubling down on stupid is what more than 50% of the electorate did last Tuesday. Between Bloomberg and Moochelle, there’ll be no end to nanny state taxes.

Slainte on November 11, 2012 at 3:39 PM

So does this mean New York WON’T ship Bloomberg to the Netherlands?

Damn.

BlaxPac on November 11, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Maybe the Danes should talk to the Chicago City Council. They raised cigaret taxes by a dollar. People started smuggling. Revenue fell. So now there’s talk of raising taxes another dollar.

GarandFan on November 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

They don’t get free candy????

What kind of Socialist state is that?

faraway on November 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Some say they hate saying, “I Told You So!” I have no such qualms! Those who don’t listen out of Belligerence, deserve to have their stupidity, thrown in their face, on a regular basis! When you accepted the Smoking bans, I told everyone the Fat people will be next on the way down that slippery slope and everyone scoffed and said, “You’re crazy or you don’t know what you are talking about!” Well, here you go. Nanny Bloomberg and Moochelle, have been pushing for this and now it’s only a matter of a short time til the “Fat Tax”, instituted here in this country! Keep telling me how wrong I am and let me know how that works out for you!
Fight the Obama Enemy media or Kiss the Constitution Goodbye: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

“At the same time it is believed that the fat tax has, to a lesser extent, contributed to Danes travelling across the border to make purchases,” it added.

And what happens when there is nowhere else to go? That day is coming, my friends, and it is far too close already.

ss396 on November 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Elections and taxes have consequences…!

d1carter on November 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

How about we enact a “cupcake” tax (a tax on mistresses).

Fallon on November 11, 2012 at 3:55 PM

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM

You can quit now.

God is mad at AmeriKa and is punishing her.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

… but one would hope this will serve as a useful indicator of the negative effects that these kinds of propositions inevitably end up having.

Surely you jest.

Europe is bankrupt. It’s a “real-time” indicator of failed policies. Yet, like lemmings, we eagerly follow the same path.

When your ideology becomes religion, facts, history, reason, truth, and common sense become irrelevant.

Rod on November 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

That cupcake in the picture sure looks good! :-)

KS Rex on November 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

There are plenty of people and groups who have proposed the idea of a fat tax in the United States as a viable method of dealing with the alleged obesity crisis…

Fixed.

KS Rex on November 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Europe is bankrupt. It’s a “real-time” indicator of failed policies. Yet, like lemmings, we eagerly follow the same path.

When your ideology becomes religion, facts, history, reason, truth, and common sense become irrelevant.

Rod on November 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Keeping a peaceful, vibrant, prosperous USA while Europe implodes would be like….spiking the ball or something.

Solidarity.

BobMbx on November 11, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Social Engineers meet Reality

workingclass artist on November 11, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Like ants, this won’t stop them. They’ll find a new tax.

faraway on November 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

“Against this background, the government and the (far-left) Red Green Party have agreed …

Red Green Party — LOL

KS Rex on November 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Insurance companies (or whatever entity comes next) should charge higher premiums for fatties. Fatties cost this society alot of $$$ in extra health care costs to flush the crap out of their arteries and purchasing electric wheel chairs.

rickyricardo on November 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Sweet! Now gimme my cheese danish.

Mitsouko on November 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Denmark seriously rethinking the world’s first “fat tax”

Who would have thought of reading a headline like this 5 days after “the most important election of our life time” on HA.

That loss must have been devastating. Glad I’m not a conservative.

HotAirLib on November 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Maybe the Danes should talk to the Chicago City Council. They raised cigaret taxes by a dollar. People started smuggling. Revenue fell. So now there’s talk of raising taxes another dollar.

GarandFan on November 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Still buying my cigs in North Carolina at $3.40 a pack – carton price. In other parts of the country, they are sold even cheaper on Indian lands. When folks who can afford to buy a 6-month supply on one day like I do, their home states are going to lose serious tax money before they realize it.

honsy on November 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Every carbon tax scheme has failed similarly. When you over tax consumer good that are not dangerous and are in common use beyond their economic utility, expect failure or fascism.

pat on November 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

That loss must have been devastating. Glad I’m not a conservative.

HotAirLib on November 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

So are we.

What happened in the House?

itsspideyman on November 11, 2012 at 4:36 PM

That cupcake in the picture sure looks good! :-)

KS Rex on November 11, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Watch out for the eye tax.

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Insurance companies (or whatever entity comes next) should charge higher premiums for fatties. Fatties cost this society alot of $$$ in extra health care costs to flush the crap out of their arteries and purchasing electric wheel chairs.

rickyricardo on November 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Except for the part where there would be an ACLU or maybe DoJ lawsuit for ‘discrimination’. Being a smoker, I pay a higher premium for life insurance, which is fair. But chubs are a protected class in a way, like on airlines. Except when it comes to taxation, of course, where everyone pays.

Liam on November 11, 2012 at 4:37 PM

When your ideology becomes religion, facts, history, reason, truth, and common sense become irrelevant.

Rod on November 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

So facts, history, reason, and common senses are irrelevant to religious people?

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Insurance companies (or whatever entity comes next) should charge higher premiums for fatties. Fatties cost this society alot of $$$ in extra health care costs to flush the crap out of their arteries and purchasing electric wheel chairs.

rickyricardo on November 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Except for the part where there would be an ACLU or maybe DoJ lawsuit for ‘discrimination’. Being a smoker, I pay a higher premium for life insurance, which is fair. But chubs are a protected class in a way, like on airlines. Except when it comes to taxation, of course, where everyone pays.

Liam on November 11, 2012 at 4:37 PM

I have argued that the insurance companies should, if they wish, have a clause saying that if you are injured in a car wreck because you weren’t using a seat belt then they won’t pay.

It’s not the government’s job to tell me to wear a seat belt.

BTW, I’m overweight. Am I a “chub,” a “fatty?”

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Insurance companies (or whatever entity comes next) should charge higher premiums for fatties. Fatties cost this society alot of $$$ in extra health care costs to flush the crap out of their arteries and purchasing electric wheel chairs.

rickyricardo on November 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

If I read and understood the bill correctly, essentially, Obamacare made significant risk adjustment of policy premiums illegal, even for something as obvious as age. An obesity premium might pander to liberals’ viewpoint of the way things should be, so they might make an exception.

talkingpoints on November 11, 2012 at 4:48 PM

BTW, I’m overweight. Am I a “chub,” a “fatty?”

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

“Gravity challenged”

BobMbx on November 11, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Sweet! Now gimme my cheese danish.

Mitsouko on November 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

She got stale because Mitt lost and is trying to find ways to blame Palin.

SparkPlug on November 11, 2012 at 4:50 PM

That loss must have been devastating. Glad I’m not a conservative.

HotAirLib on November 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

What, you think that the economic meltdown isn’t going to affect you because you vote Democrat? Good luck with that.

talkingpoints on November 11, 2012 at 4:52 PM

BTW, I’m overweight. Am I a “chub,” a “fatty?”

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM
“Gravity challenged”

BobMbx on November 11, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Underheight.

talkingpoints on November 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Gotta love the average person’s drive to get what they want–the Danes cross the border, school age kids start a black market.

Maybe the Danes should talk to the Chicago City Council. They raised cigaret taxes by a dollar. People started smuggling. Revenue fell. So now there’s talk of raising taxes another dollar.

GarandFan on November 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Chicago City Council members are probably running the smuggling operation.

stukinIL4now on November 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM

That loss must have been devastating. Glad I’m not a conservative.

HotAirLib on November 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Conservative, liberal, moderate . . .
We’re all going off that cliff together.

TarheelBen on November 11, 2012 at 5:03 PM

My husband is Danish. Their family regularly drove into Flensburg in northern Germany already to shop at the huge superstores there for beer. Why buy Lurpak butter and Dansukker (sugar)in Denmark for more money when you can easily buy much cheaper in bulk over the border? Denmark is full of stupid taxes, people abusing the efterløn (early retirement set up for hard labor workers now used by white collar workers) and now considering offering børnepenge (money per child born) to refugees—of which many come from Somalia, Aghanistan and other high birth rate populations with many not working (Denmark is set up for 2 parent working households). We have no intention to move back to Denmark with top taxes exceeding 60%. It is such a great little country, it really is, but the Social Democrats and now freaking communists supporting Enhedslisten party running so much of the government and it’s a recipe for chasing the young people out of Denmark (after they get their “free” education courtesy of the taxpayer) and into other areas better tax areas of Europe…not that anywhere is really much better. The gov’t is pressuring the companies to lower their prices. Yeah. Like that will work. Business isn’t charity.

Renwaa on November 11, 2012 at 5:12 PM

So facts, history, reason, and common senses are irrelevant to religious people?

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 4:40 PM

I can understand how my statement could confuse some people. But, no, that’s not what I said.

Try reading it again. Slowly. Sometimes reading it out loud helps with comprehension. Try it!

If you’re still confused, try looking up the definition of “fallacy”, “specious” or “idiot”.

Good luck!

Rod on November 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM

And what happens when there is nowhere else to go? That day is coming, my friends, and it is far too close already.

ss396 on November 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

When the Democrats ban chocolate, we overwhelmingly win the female vote.

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

When the Democrats ban chocolate, we overwhelmingly win the female vote.

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Never happen. They will mandate a choco giveaway tax to support poor poor choco addicts who cannot help themselves.

We will all pay for their habit, for the collective good, don’tcha know.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

When the Democrats ban chocolate, we overwhelmingly win the female vote.

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Give me chocolate, or give me death!

Four score and seven chocolates ago…

I may not agree with the chocolates you eat, but I will defend to the death your right to eat them.

talkingpoints on November 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Never happen. They will mandate a choco giveaway tax to support poor poor choco addicts who cannot help themselves.

We will all pay for their habit, for the collective good, don’tcha know.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on November 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Man, that sounds too much like the truth.

I guess this would be the only option left…Smuggler’s Blues

Pure choco on the streets, not that cut rate government stuff!

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Give me chocolate, or give me death!

Four score and seven chocolates ago…

I may not agree with the chocolates you eat, but I will defend to the death your right to eat them.

talkingpoints on November 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

LOL

Doesn’t really have the same ring.

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 5:33 PM

God is mad at AmeriKa and is punishing her.

Schadenfreude on November 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

God has already punished sin, once about 2000 years ago. However, he does allow people and countries to suffer the consequences of their sins and actions. Unfortunately, we appear to be headed for that chastening.

/I now know how my grandparents felt when their fellow citizens voted for FDR. Four times.

AZfederalist on November 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

When the Democrats ban chocolate, we overwhelmingly win the female vote.

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

You have a great point there. If we had the MSM on our side, we could do the same thing the dems did with Stephy Stephanopoulis when, out of the blue (of course with pre-planning in place with the White House and Obama campaign) asked Romney earlier this year whether states had the right to ban contraceptives. At the time, Romney looked at him with a “where did that come from?” look. However, we now know that this was the opening salvo in the Obama campaign and the MSM (but I repeat myself) to shape the Republican war on women to get the stupid women to vote for Obama.

If we had the MSM, the next democrat candidate would be asked before the Iowa caucuses whether states had the right to ban chocolate and sugar. As the campaign advances, the meme will be the democrat war on womens’ comfort food.

/Alas, the MSM is the propaganda arm of the democrat party, so this will never happen

AZfederalist on November 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

/Alas, the MSM is the propaganda arm of the democrat party, so this will never happen

AZfederalist on November 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

It would also take a GOP that had a shred of courage, which we aren’t likely to see any time soon.

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 5:59 PM

The Red Green Party? -if the women don’t find you handsome, they can at least find you handy!

rmel80 on November 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Excellent news! We’ll be rid of Chris Christie.

Illinidiva on November 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I can understand how my statement could confuse some people. But, no, that’s not what I said.

Try reading it again. Slowly. Sometimes reading it out loud helps with comprehension. Try it!

If you’re still confused, try looking up the definition of “fallacy”, “specious” or “idiot”.

Good luck!

Rod on November 11, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Well, Mr. Rod. I can see how you are confused that I am confused. Coherent writing, at least a coherent understanding of what you have written, is not an easy task. Years of examining Freshman writing has shown that.

You see, young man, I took Comp 801 as a graduate student and taught Freshman Composition. My BA in English is not a nebulous Lit degree, it’s a degree in Expository Writing.

Now, my aim is not to impress you. I care not one whit about your personal opinion of me. But in Comp 801 I learned to mutilate a piece of writing in order to understand it, and my experience in teaching Freshman Comp has exposed me to myriads of incoherence.

I do understand writing, and implicit in your statement is that “facts, history, reason, and common senses are irrelevant to religious people.” Otherwise, why make the analogy?

When you get done with Harold Robbins, I would suggest Edward
Corbett.

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Who would have thought of reading a headline like this 5 days after “the most important election of our life time” on HA.

That loss must have been devastating. Glad I’m not a conservative.

HotAirLib on November 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

That’s the difference. We’re not whiny bitches. Go back exactly 8 years and you’ll see what I mean.

Chuck Schick on November 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

The Red Green Party? -if the women don’t find you handsome, they can at least find you handy!

rmel80 on November 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM

And we can change; if we have to.

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 6:13 PM

God has already punished sin, once about 2000 years ago. However, he does allow people and countries to suffer the consequences of their sins and actions. Unfortunately, we appear to be headed for that chastening.

AZfederalist on November 11, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Correct.

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Believe it or not, Denmark is currently more free market than the US!

http://www.freetheworld.com/2012/EFW2012-ch1.pdf

netster007x on November 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

i want that cupcake =(

Sachiko on November 11, 2012 at 6:30 PM

What, you think that the economic meltdown isn’t going to affect you because you vote Democrat? Good luck with that.

talkingpoints on November 11, 2012 at 4:52 PM

If he is in the wagon (meaning he has a government job) instead of pulling the wagon, then the b*stard might not be affected.

yubley on November 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Believe it or not, Denmark is currently more free market than the US!

http://www.freetheworld.com/2012/EFW2012-ch1.pdf

netster007x on November 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I believe it. Actually, we’re more oppressed now than the colonists were under King George. Return to monarchy?

darwin on November 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Return to monarchy?

darwin on November 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Seems that is what 50.5% of our citizens voted for. Kind of like the old pre-monarch Israel; the people were told that a king would tax them, enslave them, and beat them, yet the vocal among them went to the Judges and said, “Give us a King like the other countries have”.

/It’s an old, old problem.

AZfederalist on November 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

i was just there in sept. didn’t see any fat people. tons of hot tall blondes on bikes

sbvft contributor on November 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Yes.. tax saturated fat with ZERO evidence it is the problem. And then they miss what is… no.. they don’t miss it. They tell us to eat MORE of it.. Sugar.

Government.. failure at every turn.

Noelie on November 11, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Insurance companies (or whatever entity comes next) should charge higher premiums for fatties. Fatties cost this society alot of $$$ in extra health care costs to flush the crap out of their arteries and purchasing electric wheel chairs.

So you say.. because you listen to the idiots of PCRM.. you know.. with Skinny white people And yet studies are also out there that a person that is a little chunkier that get some exercise are healthier and live longer than some of the skinnies.

We don’t know everything there is about getting fat and how to get slim. IN fact must of the tripe they tell us is so completely wrong as to make a baby cry.

I bet you think it is calorie and calorie out. .. but my sister and I have records of our own struggles over the last few months, that would have had us losing all over our extra.. but it isn’t that simple. and the government mandatges and pyramids are utter jokes.

anyone believing the government in anything about this are lemmings.. and many of them are conservatives on this site. Brainwashing is effective..and it shows with you.

Noelie on November 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

So facts, history, reason, and common senses are irrelevant to religious people?

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Nice :)

tom daschle concerned on November 11, 2012 at 7:28 PM

When the Democrats ban chocolate, we overwhelmingly win the female vote.

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I read some of the Tweets that Newark Mayor, Cory Booker, got after the “super” storm. If we run ads saying Democrats will ban Hot Pockets, we’ll get the urban minority vote in a landslide.

TugboatPhil on November 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

I read some of the Tweets that Newark Mayor, Cory Booker, got after the “super” storm. If we run ads saying Democrats will ban Hot Pockets, we’ll get the urban minority vote in a landslide.

TugboatPhil on November 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Those things are disgusting..

http://innerspace.notonigon.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/rubber.jpg

sharrukin on November 11, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Being a smoker, I pay a higher premium for life insurance, which is fair. But chubs are a protected class in a way, like on airlines. Except when it comes to taxation, of course, where everyone pays.

Liam on November 11, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Gay people who engage in unsafe sex and druggies should be paying the highest premiums. AIDS is an expensive disease with which to cope. Not that this regime would ever think of doing that, of course!

honsy on November 11, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Well, Mr. Rod.

“Rod” will do, Mr. David.

I can see how you are confused that I am confused.

I am not confused that you’re confused but confused that your confusion is not apparent to you.

Coherent writing, at least a coherent understanding of what you have written, is not an easy task. Years of examining Freshman writing has shown that.

It must be awful … all those years of examining Freshman writing. I feel for you. Perhaps that’s led to your confusion?? Just a thought.

You see, young man,

Gosh, thanks. That’s really kind of you but I’m 62. 62! Can you believe it?

I took Comp 801 as a graduate student and taught Freshman Composition. My BA in English is not a nebulous Lit degree, it’s a degree in Expository Writing.

Wise move – not going for the nebulous “Lit” degree (does that have something to do with lights or astrology – like “those nebulous lights that lit the Alaskan skies?) And going for the expository writing – That was smart. Is the pay good? (I take it that “Expository Writing” has something to do with proctology – like writing prescriptions for proctologists ?)

Now, my aim is not to impress you.

Then why the hell have you written all this crap? Opps. Sorry. Did I just write that or think that??

I care not one whit about your personal opinion of me.

I’m crushed … really … just kidding. But I bet you already knew that, didn’t you? You’re impressive.

But in Comp 801 I learned to mutilate a piece of writing in order to understand it, and my experience in teaching Freshman Comp has exposed me to myriads of incoherence.

What a coincidence! I learned how to mutilate a dead cat in high school biology, room 801! But (fortunately? unfortunately?) I never had an incoherent freshman expose their myriad to me. What did I miss? Come on, you can tell me.

I do understand writing, and implicit in your statement is that “facts, history, reason, and common senses are irrelevant to religious people.” Otherwise, why make the analogy?

What can I say? As you say, “you understand writing”! That right there says it all.

So here, I’ll re-write it: no wait – you’re the professor – you correct it – or give me an “F”. At this point, I just don’t care.

When you get done with Harold Robbins, I would suggest Edward
Corbett.

What exactly is it you think I’m doing to Harold? And why would Edwards be any better? You know, I’m not gay but, well, I guess you are and that’s okay by me. Really. OK.

Take care Mr. David.

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Rod on November 11, 2012 at 7:49 PM

At this point, I just don’t care.

Rod on November 11, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Well, Old Man, that’s a whole lot of not caring.

But that was a pretty good for the most part. A lot less emotional than stoner the 2nd.

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Gotta love the average person’s drive to get what they want–the Danes cross the border, school age kids start a black market.

stukinIL4now on November 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM

“school age kids start a black market”? Well, it’s nice to see someone encouraging capitalism. It used to be Junior Achievement!

oldleprechaun on November 11, 2012 at 9:26 PM

At the same time it is believed that the fat tax has, to a lesser extent, contributed to Danes travelling across the border to make purchases,” it added.

And what happens when there is nowhere else to go? That day is coming, my friends, and it is far too close already.

ss396 on November 11, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Yup. One more reason for the progs to press for the one-world government. Then they can ban that kind of food everywhere. We’ll all be eating pink slime, and we’ll like it!!! Or else.

Well, all except the dictators in control of it. They’ll still have their steak and twinkies.

Sterling Holobyte on November 11, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Leaving to one side the fattest man I know is a born Dane, they do get a few things right.

Immigration for instance. There are next to zero illegals in Denmark. In fact, born Danes who marry foreigners struggle to even get them visas let alone naturalized.

It’s a tiny country full of proud people watching Europe join the Caliphate.

CorporatePiggy on November 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Funny thing about trying to curb saturated fats, it could be bad for you. Check out the documentary “Fat Head”, which started as a response to the “Super Size Me” movie, but ended with something even more interesting. The first part might be boring for some, but fast forward about an hour in. This guy:

Randal L. Schwartz

…has been trying a high animal (saturated) fat, low carb (*not* no carb) diet for about two months and it seems to be working for him.

thule on November 12, 2012 at 2:47 AM

Insurance companies (or whatever entity comes next) should charge higher premiums for fatties. Fatties cost this society alot of $$$ in extra health care costs to flush the crap out of their arteries and purchasing electric wheel chairs.

rickyricardo on November 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Except that liberals managed to enact legislation that prevents healthcare “discrimination” against those who make poor choices and so those costs get to be born by the rest of us. I would love to be evaluated on the basis of my choices. But unfortunately, our society has been corrupted by liberals so that instead of individual freedom, we are all part of a happy collective. Your conservative suggestion makes a lot of sense, but liberals already put a stop to that.

Wait, aren’t you a liberal?

dominigan on November 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I have argued that the insurance companies should, if they wish, have a clause saying that if you are injured in a car wreck because you weren’t using a seat belt then they won’t pay.

It’s not the government’s job to tell me to wear a seat belt.

BTW, I’m overweight. Am I a “chub,” a “fatty?”

davidk on November 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Are you a liberal or conservative? Because insurance companies really don’t have any ability to determine what is or isn’t covered. That is handled by federal law and state insurance boards. About the only thing they can decide is the premium amount and whether or not they accept that person/family as a customer. Insurance companies are probably the most regulated companies out there (which is a liberal ideology).

dominigan on November 12, 2012 at 9:30 AM