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Is junk food the new tobacco in Finland?

Scientists say that while genetics may play a role in weight gain, extra calories are still needed to gain weight. Image: PDO

Pertti Mustajoki, an internist specializing in obesity, said lawmakers should help guide people toward healthy choices, for example, by adding a steep 20% increase in taxes on sugary products.

“Sweets and crisps are incredibly cheap these days,” he said, noting that food industry lobbyists have kept politicians from cracking down on junk food.

Mustajoki argued that most people are unaware of the calorie bombs they consume, which is why he wants to see warning labels on chocolate bars and soda. He also suggested banning candy from checkouts to prevent last-minute impulse buying and banning junk food ads targeting children.

“Today people cannot believe that smoking was allowed in restaurants and workplaces. Society should protect people in the same way when it comes to excess calories,” a- he declared.

New guidelines for public events

In an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the AVI offices, which allow public events, have issued monthly guidelines on public gatherings.

Rising unemployment

Mauri kotamaki, chief economist of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce, tweeted on Tuesday that employment in the country was on the decline, referring to the latest figures from Statistics Finland’s workforce survey, which show 65,000 people less than a year ago, according to the economic daily Kauppalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

But there was, however, a bright spot despite the downward trend. Commenting on the unemployment rate of 7.5 percent, Pasi Kuoppamäki, the chief economist of Danske Bank, noted that the employment levels of people over 65 had in fact increased.

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