Obesity is generally recognized as a major public health problem globally. Ireland is by no means immune to the problem with rising rates of obesity and high rates amongst children. It is a complex multi-factorial problem. Finding effective solutions is hard. Some have suggested taxation as one instrument and there have been tentative steps in this direction in a few jurisdictions.
The UCD Institute of Food and Health (in conjunction with the Geary Institute) is running a half-day seminar on Fat & Sugar Taxes on June 8th in UCD, I will be presenting an overview of the economics perspective (joint with my colleagues Clare Delargy & Colm Harmon).