Obesity, Fat Taxes and Their Effects on Consumers

  • Silke Thiele
  • Jutta Roosen
Part of the Economic Analysis of Law in European Legal Scholarship book series (EALELS, volume 6)


Given the rise in obesity rates, regulators have started to think about new regulatory instruments. Among those are fat taxes which are discriminatory taxes charged on nutrients at risk of excess supply in modern diets. This chapter offers a discussion of the intended and unintended consequences of fat taxes. First, it gives an economic perspective on the causes and effects of obesity. In this light possible regulatory approaches are briefly discussed. The main contribution is the assessment of fat taxes, first listing recent European regulations before reviewing the literature on the effect of fat taxes. Given limited experiences with fat taxes so far, various uncertainties in the ex ante assessment of their effects exist.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ife Institute of Food EconomicsKielGermany
  2. 2.Technical University of MunichFreisingGermany

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