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.
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.
I am all for a fat tax. Do not tax any food, tax the fat people via the IRS the same way obummer care works. Additionally, as the pounds go up so should the fine. It's highly unfair for people who work hard to stay fit to pay higher rates for insurance because the fat people run up costs. Also, anyone who has traveled via airplane is charged by how much their luggage weighs. I suggest that people should be weighed with their luggage and pay accordingly and if someone can't fit in a seat without trespass on people around them then they should be required to by an extra seat(s). It also Burns more fuel to haul "weight" be it an airplane, bus or car thus more emissions.Don't like what I'm saying? Get off your fat azz and lose weight!
Imposing tax on obese people can discourage them from having unhealthy diets and lead a healthier lifestyle. Obese people may have other related diseases like heart disease and high blood pressure. Discouraging these from happening can reduce the burden of such immense medical cost on the government. More healthy people can be having good effects in the society as they have higher productivity which promotes economic growth and a better pubic health condition(which accounts for many other good effects).
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.
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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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.
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.
Obese people should not get fined when visiting the NHS because they pay taxes that go towards the NHS so they should be allowed to go for free. Who are we to say that they should get fined only just to get medication. Maybe they had been extremely sick and took to bed and had to stay in bed and because of that they became overweight for burning the glucose in their bodies. Because of this they become obese and probably became more ill because of their rest. They should not get fined because they are citizens of our country and they also have right we should respect. Also, say for example that an obese person was a doctor, but not any ordinary doctor, a very good one. They, because of their knowledge, would be benefiting the country and so my argument can be summed up thus: Don't judge people on their appearances. You may never know what is locked up on the inside.
Who doesn't want to have the right sized body? A woman wants a sexy body,slim, slender and of perfect size...
A man wants a perfect six packs body who would make every girl go crazy...
But is it really possible for everyone? Absolutely not..
I personally saw it..Being obese has many causes..
It can be genetically, due to medicines and many other factors..
Let's take the genetic one: A family where one or both parents is/are overweight and have more that 1 children, at least one of the children becomes overweight because it is hereditary..He/she inherits this from the parent/s..
Medicines also is a cause for obesity.. For example my brother is mentally retarded from birth.. Till the age of 10, he used to weight around 35 kg.. But as he was getting older his medicines and their dose started to be increased.. From the age of 15 he started gaining weight and since then there's no control.. Despite the fact that his medicines had already been changed...He was getting new ones and with less dose..And he walks for 1 hour everyday and is careful about what he eats.. Today my brother is 25 years old and weighs about 90 kg. He's tried everything he heard about to lose weight, even went to many drug stores to buy herbal teas, medicines and all that could help him shed those weight but to no avail..Nothing worked on him... So is that really his fault? Y should he pay for something he has not asked for????