I know a lot of people have jumped on this bandwagon. I've seen the comments on social media. Well, the study is complete and the Canadian Taxpayer's Federation has found fat and sugar taxes don't reduce obesity.
They're delivering the results today "in the midst of continued debate in Canada about the imposition of fat and sugar taxes.
The study found taxes on fat or sugar don't reduce obesity and don't make people healthier," but they do "disproportionately harm the poor, fill government coffers and cause...negative consequences."
They found, in Philadelphia, a soda tax reduced grocery sales within the city with a spike in sales outside city limits where there was no such tax.
A fat tax in Denmark led to an increase in cross-border shopping to Germany and "caused substantial Danish job losses."
And another point of interest; Despite a decline in soda consumption in Canada between 2004 and 2015, obesity rates continue to rise.
Fat tax? Fat chance.