[02 August/Food Navigator] Latest data from the United Nations reveal that obesity and overweight rates are increasing in all regions. This is being put down to a range of factors such as the higher cost of nutritious foods, certain vulnerable age-groups, and low incomes. It has been said that bolder actions need to be taken to tackle these problems and it is being questioned whether ingredient taxes are the way to move forward, placing a surcharge on food and drink products with elevated amounts of a particular ingredient such as fat, salt and sugar. In Europe, 11 nations have adopted some sort of sugar or health tax whilst Mexico and Hungary have adopted junk food taxes. Another solution suggestion is that ‘healthy’ foods should be government subsidised. A virtual supermarket research trial in New Zealand found that neither a sweetened beverage tax nor fruit and vegetable subsidy resulted in a significant increase in healthiness. Researchers believe the best way forward is a combination of taxes and subsidy policies and warrant serious consideration.