Highlights

  • India alone has 135 million people as obese as of 2020
  • Report: Indians would account for 27.8% of worldwide obesity
  • Niti Aayog: incidences of overweight & obesity are increasing among children, adolescents and women

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As per the National Family Health Survey 2019-20, the proportion of obese women in India has gone up to 24% from 20.6% in 2015-16. Among men, 22.9% were overweight as per the survey, compared with 18.9% four years earlier.

Now unhealthy food is not only going to make you feel bad about your cheat days but also will burn your pocket.

To tackle the rising obesity problem in India, Centre is planning to impose a tax on foods that are high in sugar, fat, and salt.

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According to reports, the Centre's think-tank NITI Aayog is reviewing the evidence to understand the actions India can take to tackle rising obesity.

In its report, the think-tank said that incidences of overweight and obesity are increasing among children, adolescents and women in India.

How much tax is the too much tax?

At present, non-branded namkeens, bhujias, fruit and vegetable chips and snack foods are charged 5% GST.

For branded and packaged items, the tax is 12%. On the contrary, sin goods like tobacco products face 28% GST to discourage their use.

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