I agree completely with the argument that the individual below has stated. If Obese people are not going to take the matter into their own hands, and deal with their weight, then why should we have to pay for their lack of motivation? If they are are fine with the health issues that come along with being obese, that's fine, but they should have to pay for them. Not us. I also have a feeling that if they were required to pay more taxes, America would see a decline in obesity, even from those who "can't" control their weight.
Obese people require much more medical attention than thinner, and healthier individuals. If Americans will not allow the government to dictate laws designed to control obesity (soda limit in NYC comes to mind) and they themselves will not control their weight, then they should be forced to pay for the consequences. Obese people take up space in hospitals and cost millions of dollars in avoidable illnesses. Obesity is an epidemic and needs to be controlled, but it will not be until the true costs are associated with it.
If the health care system is Single-payer healthcare then it makes sense to charge fat people more since they use up more resources. I am a smoker and most of the money spend on darts goes into taxes. Being fat is a choice and people need to pay responsibility for their actions.
Humans are evolutionarily designed to be lean and to to be nomads. It wasn't until the last few centuries or so with advances in agriculture hat we even have enough food for people to even have the ability to become overweight. It doesn't matter if both of your parents are obese, no one is gentically programmed to be obese. Parents pass on their extremely poor eating habits to their kids at a young age. It has nothing to do with genetics but everything to do with selfish parenting. Kids obviously eat similarly to their parents because the parents are the ones buying the food. As children get older they eat junk food because that is all they know from their childhood. It's more of a psychological issue than anything.
With their overconsumption, fat people, are destroying our planet in a much faster rate than healthy people. Also they never use the bike or go for a walk.
With that kind of behaviour they need to be punished. 10 dollars a month per exess pound should teach them vile pigs.
The obese are saps among society. They're clinging to the normal working man to pay for their health expenses and diet habits. They slow down the progression of society and are consuming our natural resources at an alarming rate. On all health insurance applications should be a BMI rating and if you fall into the category of obese than you should pay the difference for the medical treatments and professional medical attention that you "hog" as a person.
If your obesity derives from junk food and bad eating habits, a yearly tax should be calculated on each pound in excess of ten percent of the standard weight recommended based on height, age, gender. Some incentives could be granted to those who are willing, like free access to gyms.
I agree with many of the arguments here. Thinking that I indirectly am paying more than my fair share is very disheartening. I work with and have managed some obese people. Obese people not only consume a disproportionate amount of medical care, but they miss a lot of time from work due to their many illnesses. So not only is my medical insurance more expensive due to fat people, but I have to do their work for them also!
I've seen estimates that state 200 billion a year extra is spent on obesity related medical expenses. By 2030 the amount is supposed to be 500 billion! We tax and shame smokers why not obese people? Shaming and taxing smokers has been effective in dramatically reducing the number of smokers. I don't see why obesity would be any different
If this seems bullyish to you, you are wrong. The real bullies are the people who leech on our medical care and drive up the rates. People have a choice to be overweight, and if they want to be like that, they will pay for the money they are causing others to pay.
It is not exactly their fault for eating foods they want. It is just dumb that people think that fat people pay taxes. Look at how the obese people feel. They are already made fun of anyways, and besides, they are still humans like you and me. What about people who have been convicted of a crime. They should pay more taxes. The government is just trying to get more money. How greedy.
Aside from the fact that many people have thicker bones than others due to genetics, many have an uncontrollable condition causing them to be overweight. With certain needed medications being a known problem to increase weight gain many don't have a choice on whether they're gaining weight or not, and they continue to spend money on the prescribed medication to help another problem needed to be fixed, and then they have to worry about being taxed more when they're already spending more money than the average person on medical expenses? Not to mention the 15% anorexia rate in teens caused by an ideal image to fit societys standards, more teens will develop an eating disorder to stay away from the worry of feeling as if they'll be taxed once they reach adulthood. 20% of teens die from an eating disorder and the percent will drastically increase from putting pressure on self conscious teens feeling as if they need to fit a standard.
The government is looking for another way to tax someone. People are obese for many reasons. I was injured on the job, and I have gained a lot of weight because I am limited to what I can do. I used to be very athletic and thin. Now, I am overweight and fighting workman's comp to fix my hand. Just because someone is overweight or obese does not give the government the right to tax or discriminate against them because there could be a reason why that person has a weight problem!
I believe there are a lot pf people that should be paying more taxes than they are, but obese people are not any of those individuals. It is ridiculous to base the amount of taxes you pay on how much you weigh. Obese people should not have to pay more taxes than others.
First of all most obese people don't know how to fix their problem and simply need help fixing it....NOT TO BE TAXED! When I say that we have experienced this kind of stuff all through history I mean that with Hitler for example, he started out by taxing all the people who didn't look or act a certain way, after that he started dehumanizing them then killed about 11 million people. Then with the black community in American history we started by bullying them because of their skin color then dehumanizing them until they had no rights and were treated as property. Not only that but women all over the world were treated as property and had no rights just because their anatomy was different. We will begin doing the same thing to people who weigh "too much" according to today's standards and if you think about it today's idea of "pretty" is a woman who fits in size 0 jeans and weighs about 125-130 pounds. So people who weigh 150 could be considered obese. Let's help the obese and not tax them if we want to make a change.
If fat people are 'taking up resources' then they are already paying for it by having to buy more food ore whatever. Making them pay even more is just plain unfair as we would just be putting an even bigger strain on them and maybe even make them have depression, which might lead to comfort eating and make them even fatter
What about drug addicts? Alcoholics? They must cost the NHS way more than fat people do. If they were to bring fat tax in then I for one will be done with paying taxes. I am going to be straight down that jobcentre claiming benefits. Why do I work full time funding the holiday camps(also known as prison) and the lazy people who pop a baby out every 5 minutes?! Now for them to add fat tax just because you don't have a perfect body...NO!
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If we do tax obese people because of their size they won't feel like their people they will feel like they are animals. There will be more anorexic kids and parents people feel like their fat BUT THEY ARE NOT. They are so skinny that people on the streets will think are they dieing but no they just want to be skinny. If they turn anorexic their bones will be fragile and might even break easier than if they were fat. So that's why I disagree with fat people should be taxed more.
Look, I'm over weight, lets face it. But why should I have to payer more because of it. I got depressed because of bullying and depression over my child hood. Because I suffered during my child hood, I need to pay for it? Now, if you read this, I just want you to think of that. Think.