OECD Obesity Update

This policy brief presents an update on analyses of trends and social disparities in obesity. Some key insights from the policy brief:

  • “It is difficult to predict how consumers will react to price changes caused by taxation. Some may respond by reducing their consumption of healthy goods in order to pay for the more expensive unhealthy goods, thus defeating the purpose of the tax. Others may seek substitutes for the taxed products, which might be as unhealthy as those originally consumed”.

You can find the whole paper here.

Ineffective consumer behaviour, What others say: experts, Obesity, OECD, United Kingdom