Romania debates tax on fast food
People walk by fast food restaurant in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010. For post-communist Romanians a Big Mac and soda meant much more than a meal: It was a culinary signpost from the free and capitalist west a sign they too, at last, had arrived. But modernity requires something different today: the Balkan country is moving to join the health conscious 21st century by proposing taxes on burgers, french fries, soda and other fast foods with high fat and sugar content. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
The Associated Press is reporting a fascinating story about the Romanian Health Ministry’s attempt to tax fast food consumption in the Balkan country. Since the nation has emerged from its communist past, obesity has become a major public health problem, in marked contrast to the past. About half of its 22 million people are now overweight.
“We have to relearn how to eat,” said Health Ministry official Adrian Streinu Cercel.
You can read the story here.