I think that we should put an end on foods that makes you fat so that when we need to go somewhere important we can look presentable. For you it might not be much of a problem but to me it is so lets stop obesity and change the world of tommorow
McDonalds, Wendys, and etc should be taxed. Because some people say they can't resist going to these places, they're just intrests to waste more money, It's just stupid and doesn't make any sense. You know what? If you go to a fast food resturant, you're gonna increase your taxes even worse just because of people getting away with our own choices, then It's your fault, you could of saved your cash for your family and your indurances. You want some calories? Get out of your house snd get your own shopping cart, because that way, you'll make your own choices that way also, buy some fruit, vegetables, seafood and meat. Grocery stores or any food in those store should NOT be taxed, tax those fast food socienty and drive throughs. You're not a harbivore or an carnivore, you're a ownivore so you're going have to have a better diet so you wouldn't increase your disability and medicure bills and pay checks. What parts of your paychecks and bills that you don't want to increase to save enough money to pay for it. I may be wrong that I have the right to say this, but thank God that the government hasn't made on insurance for food that we buy in grocery stores. You know that If the federal government does that, then we would waste EVEN MORE money on our everyday items! That would just be getting carried away. So that's just my opinion and what I know about Federal Government. I hope you enjoyed this argument.
pepole get fat to much and it would be to much for use so please let there be no junk food in this contrey. it dosent make any sense if there was no tax on junk food then there would be to many fat pepole in are world. please help use know
OK so as you know there are obese people because of junk food... so if the spread to the Dragon World then you wont see flying dragons no more... If the dragons dont fly, then the world will end on 2012 because the mayans predicted about the destruction or extinction of the mighting beasts!
If people will not listen to health experts on eating healthy foods over processed foods, then the government needs to fix it. How will it be done? Taxes. Healthy foods will be more AFFORDABLE for everyone because more people will buy healthy foods, decreasing the prices. Processed foods will look less appealing with the increasing cost. Then, voila, there will be more healthy people. It's necessary.
yes. too many people are fat and too many children are looking like mini butter balls. If fatty food were taxed people would think twice before buying fatty foods that arent healthy and that can kill them. Candy, doughnuts, and sugary drinks shouldnt be cheaper than healthier foods. Its basically killing some people day by day. Diabetes are more common today then they everwhere
The cost is latterly killing us. The low cost of junk food draws in low budget shoppers. They fill their carts with white breads, frozen pasta dishes, prepackaged desserts, and highly processed meats. The low cost are great for those living in the moment, but what about the long term effects of eating foods like this? Poor diet choices such as eating foods such as the ones listed above can lead to obesity. Obesity can cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, strokes, and respiratory problems, all of these cost substantial amounts to treat and if left untreated they can lead to death. The low cost that pull in customers may in the end cost them their lives.
America is one of the most rate for obesity and it is hurting America. Obesity is a major cause of several health conditions, which at the moment I do not have the time to look up and document, however I can remember that obesity is a contributing factor to both arterial problems and heart problems. Smoking, as most people know by now, is a habit which harms a person's health and contributes to numerous problems. Because of this fact and the eight that it has on national healthcare, it is taxed because of this.
1. Diet-related obesity, diabetes and heart disease are now the nation's No. 1 public health problem, generating an estimated $150 billion in health-care costs every year.
2. One in every three children born since the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
We need to replace French Fries with Apple Slices and imitation meats with the real deal. Ya feel me brah?
the united states is the most known country in the world for obesity, dietetics, and high blood pressure. All because people don't care about their body. the people who disagree i feel are careless and won't ever care until they get a sweet taste of bad health problems in the future. Lord forbid just being honest. i believe if the Government was to put a tax on fatty foods maybe, people will stop buying more of it, think, and care for their self and kids. Plus i promise it'll save you money!
Not enough people are aware of the adverse effects of chemicals in foods (doctors included) so their purchases are based on affordability and addiction. They cannot put together why it is that they cannot eat just one chip, fail on restrictive calorie diets, binge, and/or continue to put on weight throughout their lives. The assumption is that these people lack the will to be healthy. The reality is that, in many cases, is that their subconscious mind is doing everything in its power to survive (let me elaborate).
A typical recommendation to an obese person is to restrict calories. The typical notion of "calories in calories out". In doing so, the motivated dieter goes to the supermarket and buy items labeled diet which are conveniently labeled with caloric amounts. What they don't see is the chemicals added in and/or understand what the short and long term effects of those chemicals are. During this caloric restriction time, he/she is foregoing adequate nutrients while ingesting chemical laden foods which promotes hunger (part of the marketing process), and training the body to prepare for starvation.
But suppose his/her will is strong enough to fight the body's survival responses, he will only loose so much fat until his body starts burning away muscle. During this time he becomes fatigued, short tempered, and miserable to all the people around him. The assumption is that he is taking in way too much calories which is not always the case.
There are many reasons a person gains weight. The obvious one is that the person eats too many calories. But often overlooked is hormones/chemicals in foods that are toxic to the body. Did you know that the majority of chemicals/metals/contaminants we consume get stored in fat as part of a means to protect the organs and liver? Another culprit of weight gain is not eating enough. Without adequate calories and/or nutrients, a body will crave foods and during the inevitable binge, it will store for the upcoming fast.
If he hasn't had enough stresses with the change in diet, chemical additive addictions, special food shopping, fighting cravings his subconscious, then that's where his (so called) friends and family want to jump in to provide their laymen expertise. Not only does this make things even tougher, but becomes such a pleasant reminder on how he's effecting everyone around him, and how much everyone cares to be critical of everything he consumes.
All the processed foods, genetically altered foods, and hormone injected meats need to be limited from or removed from diets in order to achieve balance.
So should their be a tax on fatty foods? Yes and No! Taxes should be put on processed foods and hormone injected meats.
Obesity is a major cause of several health conditions, which at the moment I do not have the time to look up and document, however I can remember that obesity is a contributing factor to both arterial problems and heart problems.
Smoking, as most people know by now, is a habit which harms a person's health and contributes to numerous problems. Because of this fact and the eight that it has on national healthcare, it is taxed because of this. Alcohol is a contributing factor to several deaths each year, both from drunk driving and from liver damage along with other potential problems. Both of these things are taxed because of it.
Why then should someone who wants a drink, damaging their health, or to smoke a cigarette, which damages their health, be taxed, but someone who wants to eat unhealthy food, which damages their health, not be taxed?
Alcohol and tobacco products are taxed because overconsumption of either can be detrimental to health, and some of the taxes raised are used to fund public health care. The same principle applies to fatty foods but while drinkers and smokers contribute towards the cost of their health care, overweight people who become ill due to overconsumption of unhealthy foods do not.
A fat tax could be very lucrative for a state. An article published in the American Journal of Public Health in 2003 found that 17 U.S. states already have special taxes on soft drinks, candy and snack foods and estimated that these fat taxes already generate more than $1-billion (U.S.) annually. The Centre for Science in the Public Interest estimated that, countrywide, they could raise an additional $1.5-billion. Similar taxes in Canada would raise up to $250-million. The money can be spent on public awareness programs and campaigns, research, etc.
Because our country has a real issue with making healthy eating choices, and because the government already imposes taxes on other unhealthy products, like alcohol and cigarettes, I do think that a tax on fatty foods makes sense.
Most states charge a sales tax on prepared food. To set aside one food group for a special tax is over-taxing. If legislators proposed a tax on halal food, there would be an Islamic uprising. Food choices are of a personal nature, therefore it is unfair to tax based on personal choices.
Change has to begin somewhere with better eating for better living. Although
it is a person's right to kill themselves slowly with lard, we all pay in one
way or another. Obesity is costing a lot these days, and healthy people should
not have to pay for it. Maybe we could fine the makers of the unhealthy junk
food the way we do big tobacco companies and not just the consumers.
By now the dangers of eating fatty foods are well known. The ways fatty foods can adversely affect a persons health are numerous. Short of banning these foods, maybe putting a tax on them would dissuade people from buying them. Smokers have to pay a high tax on their cigarettes, but they do so, or they don't buy cigarettes. If people want to buy fatty foods that are dangerous to their health, let them pay a tax on the foods, so that maybe in the long run it might help defer the cost of their health care.
. People need to wake up and face the facts the united stated is the fattest country in the world the rate of people dying yearly because obesity is increasing of course there has to be something done. Since obviously we by our selves cannot make the right choices.
Today in our generation, more people are becoming obese. Why you ask... Well it's be ause of fast food. Places like KFC or McDonalds have no real ingredients in their food, making you become fat. Now don't judge me, I love KFC and McDonalds but I feel like I am making the wrong decision. We can eat tasty but healthy food. McDonalds is ruining our future. Imagine the future, sorta like the humans in WALL-E. We would be in chairs and as fat as hell and as usual engrossed in technology. We need to have, not a heavy tax, but a tax on un-healthy food.
I think the tax should be at the manufacturer/producer level. Make it harder for big companies to pump our food full of salt, sugar, and saturated-/trans- fats, not to mention the unpronounceable chemicals. That would likely lead to a change in formula/recipe in order to save money that would only be better for us(the consumer) in the long run. Though I'm not saying to let the consumer off the hook. If obesity is the concern there should be a tax at consumer level on products from large fast food chains that are unavoidably and undeniably terrible for you. Perhaps the "healthier" choices could be exempt from the "fat tax" to promote healthy choices. It's not just the clinically obese that could benefit from some healthy substitutions, putting that garbage in your body has no benefit. Junk food production and consumption needs to be greatly reduced or even eliminated. Some of it is barely even "real"! Your body NEEDS good natural whole foods, not processed junk.
More people will eat healthier. All they talk about is a healthier America, but no one is doing anything about it! There will be less diabetes in the world if we all tax fast food and junk food higher than healthier food. Healthier food does way more benefits to the body than junk food does.
The tax should not be limited to fatty foods, but also sugary and processed foods. Any foods that are unhealthy should be taxed, not necessarily heavily to severely hurt their sales, but at the very least to bring in a good amount of revenue to the province/state/nation to deal with the negative effects. In Ontario, for example, the government is cutting services left and right to healthcare, a tax on unhealthy food (which burdens our system) would be a huge help.
With a tax on sodas and other junk foods, obesity problems would drop. People would think twice about buying a cheaper healthier option instead of a junkier option that's more expensive. Another reason would be money, putting taxes on junk food and sodas would bring more money in for the U.S to cover like national dept and stuff so yeah.
Putting tax on fatty food will decrease the count of obesity happening everyday, additionally having to pay more for fatty food instead of salads are bad enough to encourage obesity. Putting tax on them are a good idea. Lastly it will change our diet on things, eating more healthy will make us more active before when find ourselves unable to even walk and having regrets.
Normally fatty foods are taken by the rich people. There are families who are not able to earn a living which is enough to give food to their families even 2 times in a day. By collecting tax from fatty foods, economic and social inequality can be controlled and more money can be generated for health and agricultural schemes.
Its your choice to eat this and if you do eat this it is your problem and no one elses. If you dont want to eat this then dont its just that simple. You get fat dont go sueing anyone it was your choice, they did not force you to eat this.
With a greater tax on unhealthy food, people may be drawn away from it because of the price. If unhealthy junk is taxed while healthy vegetables are not then more people will want to buy the food that costs less and be healthy! So what do you say? Make America healthier by taxing junk and eating right!
Taxing unhealthy foods wouldn't solve our obesity problems, but it's a start. We have to start somewhere and it's up to the government to make that start. Once people get the idea and open their eyes to see we have a problem, it should be a chain reaction. Being healthy will become the latest trend. It's a long road ahead.
I believe the more the food costs the less people will want to eat it. This is part of the reason we are where we are today with obesity! When you price organic food to something from the freezer section based on money what would you choose? It is expensive to eat healthy. I think if we had tax on fatty items obese customers might just consider other choices!
If there is a tax on junk food & soda, the less people will want to spend the money on these terrible foods. People spend enough money on food already, so they wont think its necessary to spend more money on junk food than healthier food. So in that case there should be a higher tax on junk foods and soft drinks.
We are constantly bombarded with marketing for junk food. Given that 30% population is overweight the marketing is working and we are ALL paying for it. Let's use the tax revenue to educate people as to WHAT they are eating and help them make healthier choices. Tax on fatty foods and sugar drinks. The only ones winning are the corporations.
By putting a sin tax on fast food it may reduce the amount of people that choose to continue buying fast food on a regular basis. Type 2 diabetes is the six leading cause of death in Australia and I believe that the Government would like to make a stop to that. And if they did put a tax on it the real question you would have to ask yourself; would you rather start eating healthy or continue eating fast food and send yourself into debt?
A tax on junk food should be implemented as a tool to reduce consumption and address the obesity epidemic. If a tax on ‘junk’ food were to be introduced in Australia, a real risk is that people will continue to spend money on these foods, meaning they would have less to spend on healthy foods. This would have the greatest impact on people on lower incomes, where the burden of disease is often greatest. So DAA believes subsidising healthy foods, such as fruit and vegetables, to be a more effective, long-term approach.
Kids these days are able to buy a fat-filled taco from Jack in the Box for 50 cents, where as an orange at a grocery store is 75 cents. This doesn't seem fair or reasonable. Putting a tax on foods with a high fat content is a good thing because it makes it harder for children to buy unhealthy foods and lowers child obesity. Bam. Your argument is invalid.
I believe that the government should put a tax on junk food because if you tax the bad stuff then the people that think eating junk food will realize that it will cost more and switch to healthy food. With all of the bigger people out there being big also brings diseases like type 2 diabetes. That is why I think there should be a tax on junk food.
Having taxes on fatty food may cause people to buy it in less proportion, consecuently, people will consume less fatty food, and it will reduce the fatness in the world. We might look for a way to help affected industries that provide fatty food, because they will sell less products so profit less
Increasing taxes would increase prices and ultimately would discourage people from purchasing fast food. A fit and healthy body not only benefits the individual, it is also extremely advantageous for the environment the person is present in, the society and ultimately the government and their own country. Therefore taxes should be imposed on fast food and soft drinks.
1. Junk food can be more expensive than food that is better for us. People choose to buy junk food because it's a lot easier, not always because it's sometimes cheaper. 2. It could help our economy in more than a few ways, and 3. It'd be better for the people of this country; they might be turned off from buying unhealthy food, and make better choices.
If people see that fatty food costs more then they will not bye it and then they could eat healthier. Also people need to be less fat. If we taxed the food then people could become a normally average weight. If we also tax the food maybe people will see that they need to eat better.
They could use the money from the higher tax to start a program to help obese people. There is already one in Georgia and some other states. The money could go to help support those programs or make new ones all around the United States. If this is successful then people from other countries around the world might come to America to get help. The programs will also stop the United States from staying one of the most obese countries in the world.
If there were higher taxes on fatty foods, than they would cost more than healthy foods. I fatty foods cost more than healthy fruits and veggies, then more people would buy fruits and veggies. People who don't have as much money aka poor people, look for the cheapest food, so they don't have to pay for the higher priced healthy veggies. That way wouldn't be one of the most obese countries in the world.
If there were higher taxes on fatty foods, then fatty foods would cost more than healthy foods. Fruits and veggies would cost less. And the people who live in poverty are looking for the cheeper foods,which would end up being fruits and veggies. That way more people would buy healthy foods and we would stop being one of the most obese countries in the world.
With the homeless and poor population growing ever more, they are forced to buy the cheap unhealthy foods rather than the food that they need. Note that this is not a complete ban on junk food, people will still be able to buy them. With very cheap junk food, more people will be inclined to buy the unhealthy food rather than healthy food. The obese population is growing faster than ever before. This is caused by the sudden cheapness of junk food and the prices growing higher on healthy foods. Let's face it. No matter how much you disagree, the world revolves around money. The source for most obese people is because of cheap junk food. By attacking the source and making the junk food more expensive, more people will start to think if they are really worth it. Junk foods also make you prone to many more risks than you would if you were eating healthy food.
Lets face it, most of us by fatty foods on a regular basis for two main reasons. They tend to be quick and easy to make and they are cheap. If fatty foods were to be taxed people would be less inclined to by them and the money collected could be used by the government to help promote healthy eating. We should be focusing on making our country as healthy as possible.
Basically if this happened, the government would make millions based on the current consumption. Not only could this benefit the economy, but people would refrain from the more unhealthy food choices. This would lead to a huge drop in obesity levels and people would be generally more healthy. This would lead to better lifestyles and work performance. Not only this but there would be a massive decline in hospital admissions due to poor diet and lifestyle. This would ease the strain on the health service and save millions if not billions which could go to further economical improvement.
Fatty foods make people fat. There are a lot of disease that is issued by fat. Since fat people are easy to get popular diseases, we should limit fatty foods so that people don't get fat. The main reason of fat tax is because it causes serious budget issues. For personal, people have to pay more insurance bill, and they have to pay more for medication. It will increase medical bill for all which will lead to serious budget issues.
In the economy, the government needs as much money as it can possibly get. As you all know there is a huge deficit. Putting a tax on fatty foods will raise more money, because most of the Americans eat junk food, for the government thus helping to relive the deficit. All in all, people buy the food with the tax, and the government makes more money.
The benefits of this will FAR OUTWEIGH the costs. Taxes for overly sweet foods such as twinkies and soda should also be applied. Lean meats are proven to be healthy, so there should be exceptions. I support this along with a steeper government subsidy on fruits and vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, and asparagus. If a burger is $100, and a pound of asparagus is $1, the choice is obvious. Nobody in their right mind would buy the burger. Poor people will have NO CHOICE but to buy healthy food as things such as the dollar burger would go away and be replaced with a 25 cent salad. Will people get angry? YES. Will they starve? No. They will shed tears as they eat their vegetables.
The government already heavily taxes alcohol and tobacco (killers themselves). Why not tax junk food as well? People are raising their kids on this kind of lifestyle! Someone needs to step in and if not, raise the prices drastically so that healthier options are more appealing and fast food is eventually obsolete.
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If you introduce a tax on fast food (or fatty foods), you essentially lower the amount of fast food consumed (in theory). So if you lower the amount of fast food consumed, you then lower the amount of obese/overweight people as well as preventing many people going to hospitals and health centres because they are eating more healthy.
The number of obese people are GROWING not decreasing therefore we should tax fatty foods to have a healthy society. It will be better in the long run if we are all fit and healthy and we can also set a good example to our kids and their kids and so on
I know my smoking can cost the health system a lot of money .And i also suspect obessity will cost even more money so unless smokers are the countries cash cow junk food should be at least equally taxed.I feel as if smokers are being discriminated against and if governments are serious about the cost of health why havent they treated obessity the same as smoking.
People are just eating junk food because they cannot be bothered to make their own food and 'fast food' lives up to it's name because it takes no time to prepare so people coming home from work with little time and perhaps little money would rather go for the cheap and quick option.
Then healthy foods will be more appealing and our country could not be a obese. Our America would look at prices of food and determine that junk food and soda expensive so we will buy this instead. As well as putting more demand for supply in the famers ball court to help the economy.
I think trying to encourage companies to manufacture healthier foods by taxing them for products that do not meet minimum requirements is better than charging people who consume them. A lot of people in our society have 'Instant gratification syndrome' and no willpower, so why not offer them things that they CAN eat and be more healthy? Besides, where will all this 'tax money' go? Into the coffers of the Government who clearly cannot control their spending and are always looking for ways to get more $$ out of the citizens. If the money was 100% given to schools or elderly care in America, then I'm all for it... But those always seem to be the hardest hit when the budget is cut.
There should be a taxation on junk food because people who buy it can get obese and if they do get obese then they become lazy and when the become lazy they don't want to work and it would be harder for the to move around fast and fail tasks.
We live in a fast food nation where people cannot live without the nearby McDonalds or Burger King. In fact, McDonalds makes so much money off their simplest menu, the Dollar Menu. Now imagine a high tax on the dollar menu. Don't you think this would affect how often people buy fast food?
I say yes. There should be a tax on junk food. To other countries, America is know as "The Nation of Couch Potato's". And not all of us are couch potato's. Some of us actually do stuff instead of sitting on a chair watching football, eating fatty foods, screaming "TOUCHDOWN!!" Fatty foods make overweight people. -.- And not all of us want to be known as an overweight person. So I think that there should be a tax on junk food.
Most of the population of the united states suffers from obesity and diabetes. Even if junk food are easy to eat, are tasty and easily available it also destroys your heath and fitness. You can still consume tasty but homemade foods. Why do you think the government does not take actions against KFC or McDonald's , it's because they don't care about the health of people they are only profit making businesses.
The extreme amount of overweight people in America doesn’t only sound bad, but it also costs the country a lot of money. Obesity in America is now adding an astonishing $190 billion to the annual national healthcare price tag, exceeding smoking as public health enemy number one when it comes to cost.
There should be higher taxes on fatty food because so many people are suffering from obesity and they are trying to loose weight and all people are doing is tempting them with these low prices on fatty foods and high prices on healthy foods. People need help to make the right choices on what food they eat so therefor i feel that yes there should be higher taxes on fatty food.
There should be a small tax so that people with obesity might consider to change their ways. Also with a small tax it would help with the debt the U.S. Owes to China.It would even prevent the people of the future from eating to many fatty foods and getting obese.
There should be a fat tax because America is spending money transportation for obese people and the gas cost goes up more and more because of weight. Another reason why I think there should be a fat tax is because people are become way over weight and its not healthy. Being over weight puts you at risk for heart disease, type two diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Taxing junk food will create revenue which can be invested in better eating habit education or to fund the medical costs of these very same people who suffer from obesity related diseases (hypertension, congestive heart failure, diabetes etc). It might not work to a full extent but at least it will keep people from purchasing junk food less often
OK, so shock horror, FAT CAN BE GOOD. This fat occurs in NATURAL foods. Natural fats aid in growth, brain function and our immune system etc. Fat people don't often eat these natural fats. See a link here? We go on and on about fat people eating fat, when they often not get enough natural food like fruits, vegetables, and natural organic meats from animals that aren't fed hormones. These foods are expensive to produce. Foods like sugars, wheat, soy, and just about every chemical that we 'eat', is CHEAP to produce... Yet causes the MAJORITY of health problems. So, if we tax the cheap stuff, we can subside the good stuff, which encourages the majority of people to be able to afford the good stuff, which helps our health problems, and frees up the medical system. Then we can put our health funding to those who really need it.
Need I say more?
But I need at least 50 words, so here goes. The tax would discourage people from eating fatty foods and encourage them to make the right choice. Obesity rates are ridiculously high in America (more than 1 in 3 adults are obese), and 300,000 Americans die every year because they are obese. People obviously can't make the right choices on their own, so this tax will give them some help.
People who choose to eat unhealthy food will end up paying extra money on what they might use in the future with our free health care. This makes it more fair for the other people who nowadays end up paying the same amount of taxes than others who end up using it more. This shows the consequences of their actions in present times, instead of the future. So if they have such unhealthy lifestyles later, it will show them the consequences now (for example the economic cost: the cost of food will add up quickly, and will show them how quickly it adds up over time. The influence and cost of health care/medication/other services that they will have to use in the future for their illnesses because of their previous unhealthy habits. If they can deal with this issue now it also relieves family pressure, because there will be less health problems in the future for the person which means that the family doesn’t have to stress over costs and the relatives health). The fat tax is a step that the Canadian government could undertake to make its citizens more conscious about their eating habits. To clarify the fat tax does not ban or get rid of fatty foods, it just increases the price, in other words grocery stores will still have fatty foods such as chips on their shelves available for you but just at a greater cost. The fat tax is a good option as it doesn’t go against anything that is stated under the Charter of Rights. In the Canadian Charter of Rights, Section 2 clearly states that everyone has the “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression...” The Fat Tax does not and will not interfere with any of the Rights as it doesn’t not limit or detain a Canadian Citizen of his/her choices or opinion. It doesn’t affect a person's freedom of choice as the fat tax doesn’t ban fatty foods, it just increases the price. Also, it doesn’t affect a person’s lifestyle as they are still able to buy the food that they normally eat. It does not also interfere with any personal liberties or freedom of choice. If he/she wants a Big Mac, all they will have to do is pay an additional fat tax. It doesn’t stop or ban the person on what they choose to eat, it’s just make consumers think before they buy.This will help consumers be aware of the extra money they are spending and hopefully try to avoid continuing spending the extra money and instead using it for more healthier food.
Eating fast food is okay every once in a while, but obesity is a problem, and it affects growing. 1/3 of the world is obese or overweight. Or 35% are obese or over weight. It's not okay for younger kids to be exposed to fast food. It is destroying the economy and the nation is dying of fast food.
America is becoming extremely unhealthy. The government should support importing healthy foods, such as fruit, etc. Therefore they should either pay for the food taxes on the food that are healthy or else tax all food, including the unhealthy, so it somewhat levels out the prices of eachother. And in return, people are encouraged to spend money on healthier dieting.
Obese people are a burden on the health care system. With fat taxes, people will be discouraged from buying such fatty foods and then they won't end up in the hospital, making it easier on everyone by not having to increase the taxes on health care!!! Obese related symptoms ended up costing $147 billion in the US. I think that says something.
Yes. I'm agreed to impose higher taxes on unhealthy foods..Such as donuts, fast foods, snacks, etc. Indeed, the obesity and diabetes issues are on the rise nowadays, especially in children. Are you prefer to see your child growing to be obese and unhealthy by consuming excess and unnecessary fats and calories? Shouldn't they have to take more vegetables, fruits and meat ?
Increase taxes Doesn't mean that you cannot buy junk foods~it's just the matter of your choice.
If taxes increases, you would rather think twice before you purchase, so you won't buy it too often. But still, you can afford to have it occasionally. You can just buy it, and no body will stop you. It's help you to save money, obtain a better body health, but you still able to have it if you want to..
Bear in mind that, it's not to ABOLISH the import or purchase of junk foods and unhealthy snacks.
Of course everyone has a choice to eat fatty foods, but with the constant perpetuation of unhealthy foods instead of healthy foods, the average American (monkey see, monkey do) there going to obey all of the greasy unhealthy franchise, that appears 24 hours a day. I'm in favor for yes.
People are always complaining about their weight or their fatigue, yet they still have that extra chocolate bar, still finish off the last of the chip bag. They don't realize how good those veggies actually taste. Or how good you'll actually feel afterwards, but we first need them to try it. Once they do, they'll never go back.
Obesity is a tremendous problem in the US! If there is a tax on fatty foods, then the obese people in the US will decrease. If we want our country to be known for fat people, then don't place the taxes. But, our country will be known for healthy people if we place taxes on fatty foods.
I believe that a 'fat tax' could be a very good thing for the United States. Many other countries have in place a similar tax, so this is not a new idea. Obesity related diseases - such as diabetes, strokes, and even some cancers - are among the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. On top of that, America would be more productive, as obesity costs American businesses $70 billion in lost productivity.
Forty U.S. States have in place some sort of tax on sodas, candies, or snack foods, so why not unify these and make it a federal tax? We already have taxes on tobacco products, which are the leading cause of preventable deaths. Right behind that are deaths caused by obesity and obesity-related problems.
It has worked reducing alcohol and tobacco use, so I think that it will work on fatty foods Obesity is a world-wide problem, but if we start now we can reverse that for the younger generation. New Zealand was ranked the third most obese country in the world, and frankly I think that is terrible considering that we are one of the smallest populated countries in the world!
I believe that there should be a tax on buying fatty/junk food that is added to the price. The number of people in Australia and the USA that are obese is extremely large and rising, hospitals are unable to care for Obese patients properly and they need to with obesity because people who are obese have a much higher chance or getting a long list of diseases including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type to diabetes, strokes, gallbladder disease, arthritis, breathing problems, interrupted sleep and some types of cancer. Then there is the problem with treating the obese patient: needles might not be long enough to reach veins, stretchers may not be big enough for patients and trouble moving patient to ambulance and through hospitals. There is a lot more reasons for there to be a tax on junk food a solution for obesity is having graphical pictures of consequences on packaging.
Taxing unhealthy food can prevent deadly diseases that still occur today such as cancer, breathing problems, obesity, and many other that need to be fixed. In my opinion, unhealthy food should also be taxed because just because they are cheap, more people are buying them. I know they are delicious, but the health problems are a much bigger problem than this.
I reckon taxing fatty food and using this money to subsidize health food would completely be a brilliant way to get people eating health food. The poor can't complain of not having enough for healthy food because it will be cheaper then junk food. It is estimated that almost the same amount of money is spent out of NHS funding on obesity-related issues as in smoking-related health problems
It's is estimated that by 2030 nearly half of Americans will be obese because of all the fatty foods we have today. The health problems can cost more than the tax ever will. This is going to cost Americans even more. There should definitely be a tax on fatty snacks! Maybe less fortunate families will stop buying them or at least buy less.
Yes my brothers and sisters, these processed foods are the causes of many diseases and if we tax these processed food we can reduce victims of those diseases. I know you have many family members who are addicted on these foods but it is not too late to warn them. Let's save the world.
I think that fat people are more likely to develop bad health problems that cost us a lot of money with higher healthcare premiums. As one that used to be overweight I know that it is very possible to lose weight. I think that at a time when people are struggling to pay for higher premiums it would be nice for the people who have helped drive up health costs when it is their fault by being so fat to pay their fair share.
It has worked in reducing tobacco and alcohol use, so I think it will work with fatty foods. Obesity is a worldwide crisis, but if we start now, then the future generations wont have to pay. More than 60 per cent of Australian adults and one in four children are overweight or obese.
I think we should tax on fatty foods because right now the United States have a obesity problem. So if we tax fatty foods, less people would but the fatty foods.Now If people need sugar or have high metabolism, these people can still buy these type of Junk food, but it's just a little more expensive. Plus it'll add a little bit more revenue for the government to spend on important thing
There should be higher taxes on unhealthy foods because unhealthy foods are getting A LOT of people over weight now days. McDonald's is my favorite fast food place, but that is problem the most unhealthy place to go. If people only knew what was in professed foods they would NEVER eat it again! I know what is in chicken nuggets now and I will NEVER eat them again! It is made of the leftover fat from a chicken. That is why I will not eat them again, and that's why I think there should be higher taxes on unhealthy foods.
I believe that there should be a tax on buying fatty/junk food that is added to the price.
The number of people in Australia and the USA that are obese is extremely large and rising, hospitals are unable to care for Obese patients properly and they need to with obesity because people who are obese have a much higher chance or getting a long list of diseases including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type to diabetes, strokes, gallbladder disease, arthritis, breathing problems, interrupted sleep and some types of cancer.
Then there is the problem with treating the obese patient: needles might not be long enough to reach veins, stretchers may not be big enough for patients and trouble moving patient to ambulance and through hospitals.
There is a lot more reasons for there to be a tax on junk food
a solution for obesity is having graphical pictures of consequences on packaging
If a fat tax is introduced, it will discourage people from buying unhealthy food. For example, someone has $1 to spend on lunch and a salad will cost them $3 but a cheeseburger will cost them $1, obviously the person will opt for the cheeseburger. If a fat tax is introduced and the price of healthy food goes down, the cheeseburger will now cost them $3 and the salad will cost them $1. This way people will be more likely to buy the salad. In no way at all am I saying that the fat tax alone will stop obesity, but it will help.
I said yes because as our economy grows so does our waistlines. Government should place tax on our junk food because it will make some people think twice before buying it. I think that there should be a tax of at least 10 percent; 15 percent at the most. People need to eat healthier. Junk food is taking over our economy.
People complain about their freedom of choice, that it is their decision whether they eat junk food or not. But, if you haven't noticed, obesity is a huge problem - no pun intended. Society has abused the right to eat whatever food they want. We're simply not taking care of ourselves, and I think that it shows initiative that people are wanting to put this tax in place. They're not taking the food away from us - they're lessening its appeal so that hopefully society gets a clue and starts looking for healthier alternatives.
Many people will argue that addicts will just keep buying, this is true...But! it will help stop future addicts. Because of this in the next generation we would see huge improvement because we where able to prevent addicts of the future. This is the tough love our nation needs!
If you tax fast food it will be harder for people who have become "addicted" to fast food to buy it. It's heart breaking to discover in most areas that it is easier for us to buy a hamburger than an apple. The government is who they are and we should do something about this catastrophe. It's worldwide and it's our fault for adding fuel to this satanic fire. Who are we? The people. Who has the voice? The government. We should become united as once before. We the people of these United States...ring a bell? We need to take this country back and we should start by staying alive. Tax fast foods, get healthy and make it hard for people to take advantage. Make your voice count. You're lucky, you're the few who have one.
Raising taxes on unhealthy foods will force people to make better choices on what kind of food they eat. Deaths related to tobacco went down 7,000,000 because of raised taxes. Our government needs to do something about our health. Nearly one third of all Americans are overweight. I feel so embarrassed because of that. Our government was made by and for the people. Taxing unhealthy foods will benefit all Americans. It's time that our government does something about our people's health!
If you tax fast food it will be harder for people who have become "addicted" to fast foods to buy it. It's heart breaking to discover in most areas that it is easier for us to buy a hamburger than an apple. The government is who they are and we should do something about this catastrophe. It's worldwide and it's our fault for adding fuel to this satanic fire. Who are we? The people. Who has the voice? The government. We should become united as once before. We the people of these United States...ring a bell? We need to take this country back and we should start by staying alive. Tax fast foods, get healthy and make it hard for people to take advantage. Make your voice count. You're lucky, you're the few who have one.
Obesity has been a huge concern during the past years. In order to reduce the rate, we should tax the junk foods. Also, this would make less people buy it and eat it. This would make a positive effect on the world if we tax the junk food and soda products.
every year the government spend thousands of dollars on programs for the obese and they are getting the money from tax payers. Insteas the obese should be paying for their own programs. Also have you looked around America? There are obese people everywhere and a tax would help minimize this. Its your choice what you eat. Choose wisely
A fatty tax is another way of getting money from the people. With that said, does the government really care or is it a lie? In my opinion, it's a lie wrapped up in their type of truth. My example - it is said that when we are not to do something, we do it anyway.
Why should the government have a say it what people want to eat? It's their money not the governments they should be able to buy what they want to eat. Everyone should be allowed to choice the way they want to eat. You have the right to eat what every you want. People that eat the junk food, know what is in it and they decide whether or not to eat it. Yes the obesity rate in America is going up. But hey that's what the people decide to eat. The government should NOT have a say in what people should eat. If you want to eat fatty foods then go right ahead, its your choice. No one should be telling you how you should and shouldn't eat.
At my middle school lunch cost $2, if you qualify 50 cents. They sell ice cream and cheeseburgers almost every day as a special item for 1.25 up to 2.50. It's not how cheap you make the healthy choice, people will still get the unhealthy option no matter how much it costs.
Why should everyone have to suffer when only a few people are affected by obesity? It is in everyones right to eat whatever they please, and I would not be happy if I had to pay more for food just because others cannot get their weight under control. If they really wanted to be slimmer, they would not be eating this fatty foods in the first place. So who are we to judge? Some people actually enjoy being a bit bigger than most and all the power to them!
Many people have junk food as part of a well-balanced diet and active lifestyle. Why should these people have to pay more for a treat? These people will be paying more and more money to the government for a problem that they didn’t cause, and that just doesn’t seem fair. Junk-food isn’t the cause of this obesity; this is caused by a sedentary lifestyle. People who sit around all day, on the couch, eating unhealthy foods, doing absolutely nothing; it's not surprising they get overweight. However, if they eat the same amount of junk food, but have an active lifestyle, they will be perfectly healthy. Junk food is not the main cause of obesity. What about those people who can eat and eat junk food but with no seeming effect compared to those who can eat healthy but still be a bigger build? So many people eat junk food on a regular basis but are quite healthy. This is because they keep a good, active lifestyle.
My second point is that low-income earners will feel the impact of a tax most. So many people today are struggling to come through with mortgages, and do not want to spend more money on the cheapest food around. If the tax is introduced, then the people who can’t afford it will be looked down upon by the people who can. This would lead to a separation of the classes and this could lead to kids being bullied at school and on the streets. Basically, if we do place a tax on junk-food, then healthy foods will be seen as a sign of poverty.
To sum up, I believe that we should not impose a tax on junk food, because non-obese people will be discriminated against, and because low income earners will feel the impact most.
sounds silly, to have a freedom just to eat, but lets be honest people, we live in America. So yes, we have freedoms to almost everything and that includes eating! Besides it's no ones business what you eat and how much you eat. Let people live there life and leave them alone, if you don't like what you see then close you're eyes! I'm not even part of those "America is fat" people you are referring too and people have the freedom to eat! Lets make sure it stays that way
This tax is just another way for the government to rob us. I am a size 8, I exercise regularly and eat a fairly balanced diet - eating a chocolate bar is not going to make me obese, yet the government wants to charge me more to combat obesity. If unhealthy food is going to increase in price to encourage people to eat healthier, is healthy food going to decrease in price? I doubt it.
Obesity is definitely on the rise, throughout the country. However, the fat epidemic is an issue of people not taking control of their own health. Government should not need to tax fatty foods. Instead, they should focus on putting out more information about healthy choices. People need to realize that it is up to them to lose weight and control their health, not the government.
I think that it would be a joke to have a tax on fatty foods. I guess that would mean all fast food places would get that tax then. Most foods that people eat in this world are fatty to begin with and it is a personal choice on whether this type of food is eaten and we should not be penalized for it. This is plain wrong and should not happen.
There shouldn't/ be a tax on fast food because fast food should be convenient, easy to have on the run and cheap. Putting a tax on these foods will defeat their major purpose. Did you know that a can of coke has the same amount of sugar as a can of apple juice? The purpose of a tax on fast food would be to stop people getting obese. Right? Putting a tax on fast food is like putting a tax on apple juice. And besides, its up to the individual if they would like to be skinny or not. For my reasons stated above, there should not be a tax on fast food.
Taxing fatty foods will not solve the problem of obesity. Education is the key here. I also believe that taxing a persons eating habits is a punitive form of taxation. If we are really concerned about our children s health, we should be teaching them how to eat healthy. Taxation will not change peoples behavior.
Cigarettes and fatty foods are both unhealthy but most people don't eat fatty foods because they want to, thus taxing won't make people healthier. Have you noticed that all the coupons are for over processed foods? That discounts are always on Twinkies while egg plant is expensive. The majority of unhealthy and obese folks are poor. They are obese because the only food they can afford is bad for them. Taxing these foods will just make it harder for these people. If we want to encourage them to eat better we need to lower the price on healthier food choices, and have commercials about that stuff instead of McDonald's.
People should be able to choose to be fat if they want to. Who are we to decide for them? If they want to buy junk food so what? Its their money let them spend it the way they want to. This is a free country dont make it harder for people to buy the food that that want with their money.
If you follow the trail back to the real culprits in this argument you will find the U.S Government. The government takes our tax dollars to subsidize these large farms/ ranches that produce chemically enhanced beef, chemically enhanced chicken, chemically enhanced corn and soy. Next leaders in the FDA are also big business lobbyist in congress so it is obvious they are not going to stop the chemical enhancements because it is not in their best interest. Next...the subsidized farmers sell their products to local and national food distributors and to fast food companies. Marketers make commercials that make all these lovely chemicals look so tasty and tell our children they are healthy and good. What we don't know is that the government makes if almost impossible for real organic farms to survive thus stifiling better choices. So we purchase the chemically enhanced products and consume them. Surprise that we and our children are suffering the effects of these chemicals. So we suffer from obesity, have diabetes, strokes, heart disease, liver disease, among other health issues. The insurance premiums go up because .70 of every dollar spent on healthcare is spent on chronic health issues like those mentioned. So now the governments wants to tax us for eating the food they are shoving at us. The government is very smart. They take our tax money twice and we just take it. I'm of the belief that the government takes too much liberty with our "freedom" as it is.
You need fat to live or else you will be skinny and will lose a lot of calcium and calcuim is very important for the body so the muscles can stretch for example: you can touch your toes but without fat you can't becuase the muscles don't have fat so no taxes.
Pork should be taxed but thats it who gives you a right to regulate what i eat maby prhaps im under the f^ckig weight and i want to gain weight you dam pig fückers piss me off ohh lets ban this because its un-healthy WHO CARES? Its moraly right WHO GIVES TWO SHÏTS i dont if that person really wants that soooo bad if a person wants to die soooooo bad go ahed and i like the way ciggaret smoke smells btw
I'm a boss you see. I should rule the world, instead of these idiots that want to tax food for crying out loud. What if you don't got a way to heat your food? What if you're just that damn poor. I'm afraid to say that society and government are retarded.
Why do you have to pay more for fatty foods? That's just crazy. And it would put people who live in inner city areas at a disadvantage. Many supermarkets and food places in low income areas sell less healthy food, so increasing the price would just take more money from them that they don't have.
And why steal money from people who are better off too?? Yes, we suffer from obesity and diabetes, but that's not gonna stop people from buying fatty food if they want to. And who's to decide what's fatty or not? Some people may say chips are fatty. I don't think they are. And would the tax be on fatty foods or sugary foods? Or both? What the government needs to do is make healthier food cheaper rather than make junk food more expensive. Why is milk almost the same price as gas? Why is bread $4? That's robbery.
It is up to individual personal choices that will lead a person on what they want to buy for themselves, no matter how much harm it does unto themselves. For example, NYC has it's high tax on cigarettes. There are no commercials to promote the use, but in fact, discourage and scare people from using them, but the numbers show that New Yorkers still buy cigarettes in the same amount, even when the costs are quite expensive. The same thing will happen when you impose a tax on fatty foods. Obviously a person knows it is unhealthy for them, but will a cost truly stop someone from doing what they like? Calories are just a measure for a unit of energy. Calories in these fatty foods are just energy not being used, and this is up to the singular person.
It is not the government's job to tell me what I can and cannot eat, nor what I should and should not eat. If people want to be fat, it's their right to do so. This so called "war on obesity" needs to end. The government has absolutely no place in that aspect of people's lifes. Furthermore, this tax hurts everyone, obese and otherwise. I'm not where near obese, but what if I wanted to go have a hamburger? Why should I have to pay more money? These types of "sin taxes" ought to be ridiculed, not talked about and seriously considered.
Raising taxes on fatty-foods is the government's own little way of trying to control the people. If the people want to eat unhealthily, let them do so. I do not think that raising taxes is going to stop them. Unfortunately, many people living in poverty cannot afford non-fatty, or healthy foods, and raising taxes would put them in an even worse financial situation. Educating people (whether they can afford healthy foods or not) about gardening their own foods would be a much more efficient way to get people to eat healthily opposed to raising unnecessary taxes.
Some people would agree that if the government placed a tax on unhealthy food, less people would eat it, and the health of our nation would improve. This is partially true. There are both pros and cons to doing this.
If the government were to tax unhealthy food, less people would be able to afford it, therefore less people would buy it. This is for the most part true. This would make more healthy choices seem more affordable. “ By increasing the cost, we make it easier for people to make the more healthful choice. The tax money can be used to increase awareness about the harm of junk food and fund projects that encourage better choices.”, Mitchell Katz. Some people would beg to differ. Many people these days rely on junk food. They have developed some sort of addiction. Those people would still buy them. Just as if they were addicted to cigarettes, they just have to have them, whatever price. In this case, all the tax does is take more money away from the customers, making them more financially unstable. This tax would also take quite a toll on the companies that produce the goods. That would make our economy worse, and hundreds of thousands, even millions of people would become unemployed.
In this situation, there are negatives than positives of the tax. The nations health would most likely improve, yet think of the downsides. People will still buy the goods. Its not like people don’t know what they are putting into their body. In my experience, I have learned if you enjoy these unhealthy items in moderation, and exercise normally, you will be perfectly fine. In our economy’s state right now, do we really need to put more companies out of business? Do we need to risk thousands of people losing their jobs? It seems as if the government’s approach to every similar issue to this, is to tax the item, and people will stop purchasing it. Has this worked in the past? How does the government know it will work this time? I believe it would be quite a bad decision to place a tax on unhealthy and junk food.
Sure, the government can put a tax on fast food, but all that will happen is everyone complaining about the price of the burgers they are eating. A tax will not stop people from buying fast food, all it will do is fund more pay rises for politicians. Obesity is a problem, but making people pay more for food they'll buy anyway is not the answer.
To enforce this law, producers and outlets will have to tinker with their products so that the taxes are law abiding, which will cost them exponential amounts of money. These new cost will now also cause them to increase prices on their products, so now not only is there a new tax but there is an increase in price because the producers have to keep their profit margins. A fat tax, from an economic stand point, would cause prices to raise and an increase in inflation, which is the last thing we need in this economic recession.
I don't care what the issue is, I would never support any more tax burdens being placed on the American public. When will we stop trying to be big brother to the entire country with all of this type of interference? Does anyone think that more taxes are going to stop people from eating junk food, or fatty foods?
I don't know if "fatty" is supposed to mean foods high in fat or foods that cause people to become fat. I'll assume it means the former for the sake of argument, but I don't believe in the government as a babysitter anyway. As far as fat is concerned: speaking as someone who switched from eating a gov't mandated "heart healthy" diet to one that is high in fat (including plenty of saturated fat) and very low in carbs with ZERO wheat, and consequently became the fittest I have ever been in my life and never felt better mentally and emotionally, please don't tax me on the foods that keep me feeling this way.
If the government is making all of our decisions for us we and our children will never be able to make our own decisions and suffer for our own consequences. I don't think anyone should have to pay more for food when there is only a handful of people that need to watch what they eat and if they become obese then that is there choice.
Firstly, Fat has been part of the human diet for thousands of years, in fact it is what our body is designed to take in as an energy source. There wasn't much in terms of carbs 10 000 years ago, and so we got most of our calories from the fat off the meat we ate.
Secondly government has no business regulating what a person eats, it is such a deep invasion of a persons liberty that allowing it would limit the governments power only by its own imagination.
Are you serious, people? Yes, okay, it may help, but you can't predict this. The higher the price the fewer buyers will be, and more money will be wasted on stupid government!
How do you know that the extra money (tax) will be put to good use? Governments say, "We will have the tax to help in creating more roads and houses." How do you know it will not just be sent to the government for things we don't need?
Will this tax make obese people stay away from these stores? No! It's a little tax. The question is, will it do anything? I don't think so. But if it does, this may make buyers and customers say, 'No more junk food, it's just too expensive." Do you realize that this could effect stores like this, and eventually the stores may have to close? People could lose jobs or not earn as much money as they did before this stupid tax. So let's leave it to you to make your own decisions!
This is so because there are many people who know how to eat "unhealthy" foods in moderate amounts. The people who are obese only have themselves to blame. They are ruining their lives... So why should everyone suffer because of a minor group of people inflicted with a conflict caused by their actions? Moreover, I don't believe that a fat tax will work. People may not care if there is a fat tax on "unhealthy" foods. They might continue buying it. As an example, in Denmark, the government implemented a fat tax but it failed to function. The people just crossed borders to purchase their snacks... What's the point??? If people are becoming obese.. They are responsible for their actions. Thus, there shouldn't be a fat tax because I guarantee there will be some protests against it.. Why cause the trouble???
No tax on fatty food. Why should the government have a say it what people want to eat? It's their money not the governments they should be able to buy what they want to eat. Everyone should be allowed to choose the way they want to eat. You have the right to eat what ever you want. People that eat the junk food, know what is in it and they decide whether or not to eat it. Yes the obesity rate in America is going up. But hey that's what the people decide to eat. The government should NOT have a say in what people should eat. If you want to eat fatty foods then go right ahead, its your choice. No one should be telling you how you should and shouldn't eat.
People need to be able to make their own decisions. If anything the government should make sure that people are continuously educated on nutrition from the beginning and they should enforce more physical activity in schools as well. Instead of increasing the price on fatty foods , they should decrease the price of healthier options that way people can actually afford it and feel good when they put dinner on the table for their children (hopefully people are still eating at the table !). And why should one who normally eats healthy foods have to pay extra when they decide to treat themselves,
The government wants to tax us on food but it really seems like they are just trying to control what we are eating. Isn't this supposed to be a free country? If they are not going to let us eat what we want to eat then this is absolutely wrong and it shouldn't be taxed. They are making us pay more on what we love to eat.
People need to change their lifestyle to avoid obesity, I believe charging them more will just make their lifestyle worse. Advertisemnts against bad fatty foods will be more effective than making them cost more because then the shops will charge their customers more.
Only the people can change their life...
It is our choice to eat all these fatty and unhealthy foods. Government have no right to stop us. It's our money after all. People have not really seen or understand that junk food is not the main cause of obesity. Yes, junk food is unhealthy for our health but it is our choice, no one forces us to eat it. Therefore with all the points we have stated we are proud to oppose.
I think the government should help people try to overcome obesity by lowering the food price on healthy foods, because some families might not be able to afford healthy food so they go for the unhealthy food because it's cheaper. I know sometimes it's the consumers fault too but they would need a chance to eat healthy just like the people who can afford it the healthy food.
It is our right to choose what we want to eat. There is a better way to solve the obesity epidemic. Making advertisement less of the focus. Knowledge is power. Give the Americans the knowledge they need. Not the easy obvious solution they want. America was built on rights and freedoms not restriction.
Just because the government wants the obesity rate to drop they think that increasing taxes is going to stop it. If people are determined to buy fatty foods then they will no matter if its a higher payment. The government shouldn't place the tax because that will cause a bunch of drama and conflicts between the citizens and them.
If people were to keep eating vegetables and fruit, we wouldn't get that much energy than eating chocolate and carbohydrates. We need fats and sugars and oils in our body. Without this, our body would lack energy and our systems might fail and it might result in illness or death.
There is no point having a tax on fatty foods because any type of food, if abused, is going to make you put on weight. It's not the product that making people fat, its the people who are making bad choices for their bodies. I don't see why some less fortunate & poor people who can only afford it once in a while have to suffer even more without fatty foods because some people can't make the right decisions.
America is divided between the classes- a divide that signifies the affordability of many things, including healthy food. By adding a tax on unhealthy food, the majority of lower class people living paycheck to paycheck will not be able to afford food and have a substantial diet. You are NOT lowering the money of healthy food, you are simply trying to influence healthy eating by making many poor. Many critics compare the fat tax to the tax on cigarettes but this is simply illogical; cigarette smokers put others in risk of second-hand smoking and lead to more fatal diseases than obesity. And who can adequately prove that obesity has directly related to a decrease in America's productivity and GDP? No one. Those who support the fat tax will later regret it when they find they have to pay double the money for one small dessert. Be careful what you wish for, there are other ways to promote healthy eating than one that empties the wallet of the poor.
I disagree with the goverment because they are wrong, and are using excuses. Fast food is the most cheapest food, and some more people could afford it. If the govenment shuts down fast food then they are going to loose money. There is a lot of people that buys fast food, and enjoy eating in fast food restaruant.
No, there should not be a tax on fatty foods. Individuals should be allowed to choose what they eat, and what dangerous things they are putting in their body. If the government intrudes in our decisions, all the way down to what we eat, there reaches a point where we do not have any freedoms left. It is important that individuals get to choose something for themselves, and what is put in a person's body is their basic right.
People know the difference from right and wrong. I agree with them being informed but not being taxed like for reals that's just ridiculous. One should have an option/say on what enters there body. In addition, why should people be taxed on food but not on cigarettes . Last time i checked smoking is more or equally as bad a eating junk food.
I'm a 150 pound, 15 year old girl who is 5'5. I look perfectly fine. I eat like an animal. I eat anything and everything in sight. This tax wouldn't stop me. It's not like only these foods make you obese. Lack of exercise and moderation does. I don't do either of those and I'm completely fine. This tax would just be another stupid limitation that is unnecessary, while other, more important, issues are.
It is a necessity in life for other people prone to eat healthy food yes healthy food will help but junk food provides sugar for diabetics. It also contains a balance of nutrition if u only it healthy not all nutrition will be delivered to our main body system core.
We are all adults and should be able to be responsible for our own actions. We should be able to control what our children eat as parents. We have choices to make and should be able to do so without our freedom being taken away. The U.S. Constitution gives us that right.
People have the freedom to make their own choices; if people in this country choose to eat unhealthy, so-be-it. The government should not be able to take their right to eat fast food away, it is said in the United States constitution that we have the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness, in other words the freedom of choice. Overall, it would be unfair to take away peoples right to eat what they want away.
The junk-food industry, now under attack by public health advocates and parents, finds itself in a similar position to where the tobacco industry was in the 1990s. After decades of lies and industry propaganda, the truth is finally coming out: junk food kills. Indeed, despite individual efforts by some states to tax soda pop, require healthier school lunches or mandate calorie information in chain restaurants, obesity rates in the United States are growing. - Therefore you cant stop people from eating junk food.
It is not the place of the law to say to an individual that they will be punished for doing something that does not infringe on the rights to life, liberty, and/or property of another. This kind of law would discriminate against people who happen to make one lifestyle choice over another, extremely similar to discriminating against those who choose to marry over others who elect to remain single.
You cannot legislate a positive morality, no matter how good of intentions you may have. Enforcing one worldview or ideology on the entirety of the people will only cause resentment to grow in those who happen to disagree with said worldview or ideology. Tax all food equally, or tax none at all.
Putting tax on unhealthy food is not the answer, education of the people is, and making healthy choices more affordable. Poor people are more likely to be obese, because they are seeking less expensive food options that are also unhealthy. They cannot afford healthy diet. If we raise prices on unhealthy food those people will starve.
The fat tax in Denmark did not work, was widely hated and was abandoned after just 15 months. 80% said the tax did not change their eating habits whatsoever, and others simply went over the border to get food, losing Danish jobs. The fat tax is an example of something that works in theory, but not in practise, unfortunately.
The following reasons are why we should not implement a fat tax: the poor people would be unable to afford food, many businesses would suffer financially, and workers will lose jobs and hours. This is not the proper to solve a countries obesity crisis; there are many other options out there.
What we need is less intervention from the government, they are destroying the country that was founded on independence. All these taxes and subsidy's are lowering morale, and ruining freedom. Let the consumers and producers make their own decisions and choose healthy, or junk food. If people need to be more healthy than its up to them, not the government, to make healthier decisions
If we were taxed extra it would make us poor I mean really who wants to have no house come on. People we need to have a house and a car and tons of food to feed the family. If you know what I mean then join me and lets not starve ok.
Some people cant afford to eat healthy all the time so they resort to junk food.If they raise taxes on fatty food then all these less fortunate people wont have anything to eat . People with big families need a source of food too. Mothers cant always make a home made meal all the time.
Yes it may seem as though a tax can help because it would maybe help the issue of obesity, and perhaps help out the country's economy, but it would not work this easily. The majority of people who buy the most fatty, unhealthy food are the poorer people. This is because fatty food is too easily found and too cheap. Therefore the poorer people buy it, and become "addicted". If a tax would incur then the prices would rise. This would actually act as another tax on the poor, acting as a regressive tax. Also, what even counts as fatty food? Many food that seems to be healthy has just as much sugar or calories and chocolate, and so it would be too hard to decided what the line was. The tax wouldn't stop people buying the fatty food, and it is also up to the individual to decided what to eat. Yes it's unhealthy and can increase the risk of a premature death, but this is for the individual to decide, not the GOVERNMENT.
Taxes really should not be a punishment. Taxes are supposed to generate the income on which our government runs. To start using them primarily as a punishment on groups that eat certain foods that in excess "might" be dangerous to some people is to start down a very slippery slope. Many things used carelessly might be dangerous, but to tax them is to punish those who use them wisely or in moderation. For some people drinking milk is unhealthy. Shall we tax that? The list could go on and on. Again, taxes should not be punishment.
There should not be a tax on fatty foods because the tax implies that individuals are not capable of making good diet decisions. Instead, the tax would supposedly exist to force consumers to buy fatty foods in moderation. Instead, individuals should take responsibility for their own diet and self-control issues. If someone is inclined to eat Twinkies 20 times a day every day, no tax is going to stop them from doing that.
People should be able to decide for themselves what types of food they want to eat. They should not be discouraged from eating certain types of foods because the taxes are higher. Fatty foods are also often less expensive than other foods. Taxing fatty foods would be unfair to people of lower incomes who can only afford cheaper foods.
The idea of putting a tax on fatty foods is utterly ridiculous. People are free to eat whatever they want to and trying to place a tax on fatty foods would have a huge backlash as people would feel their freedoms being blatantly violated. Fatty foods aren't even particularly unhealthy for those people who are at a normal body weight and exercise regularly anyway, so this idea just doesn't make sense.
While the consumption of fatty foods should be discouraged, I do not believe that taxing consumers will help the problem as much as taxing the people responsible for the production of such foods would. Also, the use of taxes to force populations into making healthier decisions is like mandatory morality which is a reduction of freedom.
Food should not be taxed just because it's fatty or because someone thinks the buyer could be making a better choice. A child or a homeless person may be hungry and only have the means to buy a little twenty-five cent bag of chips. Why should they have to be charged tax? And, who decides what gets taxed? and why? The only purpose served by additionally taxing food is to hike up America's grocery bill. What needs to be done is to make it more affordable to eat healthy foods than it is to eat unhealthy foods.
Basically, people are going to eat what they want to eat. While I do believe in a healthy diet, one must realize that fat is one of the necessities of the body and to remove it from the diet would cause illness. If the desire to tax fatty foods is initiated in order to sway people towards healthier living, then taxing is not going to work. A better way to health is to show the benefits of organically produced foods, daily exercise and meditation. These things help the body stay fit, in a natural way. It seems to me that taxing fatty foods is like saying, "You can eat this but you'll have to pay more." It's a negative stance. If turned around to the positive, it would be better to say, "These are the things that will make you healthy and illness free." That would help.
The tax won't deter someone from buying what they want and the tax dollars won't be used towards the prevention of obesity. The makers of the fatty foods should stop making them. It is all a matter of who is willing to sacrifice the almighty dollar for the health of the consumer.
Do we really need the government to babysit us like this? Sure, there are many people that eat what they should not eat, but that is their choice to do so. If we do not put a stop to government control here, then what else will they tax or take away from us?
Skin is the most basic boundary for a human being, and what goes on inside that boundary is only the business of that person. Taxing fatty foods is not only unethical because of this, but would also prove ineffective. Most people want to eat well but can't afford it. Taxing fatty foods would most likely drive many families towards carbohydrates, which are just as bad.
People have the right to consume whatever it is they want. Most people eat fatty foods knowing very well what type of harm this may cause to their bodies. If they choose to take their chances and eat these foods anyway, then nobody else has a right to try and gain financially by forcing them to pay extra taxes.
If the argument for taxing fatty foods is to discourage people from eating them because they're currently cheap, then one must look at why people are eating them because of their price. In our country, there is a correlation between poverty and obesity. Fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive. Processed foods and starches are much cheaper, more filling, and can be stored longer. Although eating fast food often isn't cheap, it's quick and easy. That's something that single parents who work long, low-paying jobs, and take care of the household work and children, can find to be necessary. Taxing fatty foods won't make people eat healthier foods. It will just make it harder for them to get any food at all.
We can not protect every person in America from doing anything that might harm him/her.
And we SHOULD not! We are theoretically a nation of free people. We make choices. If those choices bring about less than desirable results, then we made the choice and we live with the results.
However, fatty foods cause various illnesses. Those illnesses cause health care costs to rise and insurance costs to go up FOR EVERYONE!
And there is the problem. Should everyone have to pay higher insurance rates because some of us want our french fries extra greasy?
Is it not reasonable to use taxation and add taxes to extra greasy french fries so the people eating them (the ones causing insurance rates to skyrocket) pay more?
If you expect an added tax to inhibit the eating of extra greasy french fries, that is unlikely. So, what would we accomplish with this tax? The insurance rates are still going up because of our french-fry addicts.
It seems to depend on what we do with that tax money: do we subsidize insurance payments for those not eating french fries? Do we use it to educate the french-fry addicts? It's not as simple as it might seem!
I don't think taxing any type of food is the right solution to combat obesity. Moderation is the key, and occasional consumption of fatty food isn't the problem. Skinny, healthy people sometimes want a "fatty" treat too, so why punish them? Tax people for being fat instead, if that's the goal.
While sin taxes have been popular since the founding of America, a tax on fatty foods would be highly subjective and difficult to enforce. Yes, there are the obvious fat filled offenders, but what about cake and cookie mixes? They become fatty when oil or butter is added. Should they also be taxed?
Look at the Soda Ban Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York tried to issue. Even if it was passed people would just buy more cans/bottles. It's the same thing here. If someone is hungry, they'll get something that is cheap, tastes good, and isn't far from home. It also effects low-income families, because even before they can barely afford a few meals from McDonald's, and this tax will just make it worse.
Government has no right telling anyone what they can or cannot eat. Also, what people don't seem to understand is that junk food isn't the cause of obesity. Don't get me wrong, it is bad for you, but you must combine it with one other thing in order to become obese: a sedentary lifestyle. If you exercise more often, the speed of your metabolism will increase, making it much easier to burn off fat. The key to solving this problem is more exercise, less sitting.
The "Twinkie tax " was deemed preposterous by people who believe that our pants size is none of the government's business. The beverage industry counters that people can shed pounds and still be able to eat whatever they want. No matter if it's foods or drinks - we are who we are.
I do not think that we should have tax on food because we live in a free world and we can have what ever we want. Individuals make their own money, and should be able to use that money as they see fit. It is their own body and their own health, and they should be able to do with it as they please.
Some people have health conditions that require them to have sugar like some types of diabetes and hyper calcimine. Some people also might have high metabolism. So these people should not have to pay more for their health conditions. There are many people that have these conditions . Also people can be used to this type of food so they might get there stomach to hurt by stopping food. So I think there should not be tax of fatty foods
Who are we to say "You may eat this"? We have no right to prescribe the diet of society. People may decide what they want to eat. Of course junk food is unhealthy, but guess what--they knowingly choose to eat food that is unhealthy and thereby risk their health. Personal choice should come before the opinions and values of OTHERS.
Generally speaking, people who mainly consume fatty foods are lower to low middle class. This is because fattening junk foods are cheaper than say, organically grown fresh-off-the grove fruits and vegetables. A tax on fattening foods would have the opposite of the desired effect because these families would be forced to seek out even cheaper foods. If you think Burger King or McDonalds is unhealthy then compare that to the knock off equivalent while being more affordable they are also much worse for you.
I have been working on a similar project like this in my school which says that if we put a 5% tax on unhealthy food, then the number of people eating these foods will go down. As a result of this most everything it the market will go up 5% in tax and then everyone would have to pay extra. I say we leave things as is.
Many cultures stick to their traditional food choices. The foods they choose may not always be beneficial towards their health, but are integral to their culture. A fat tax makes it harder to have access to the foods that are close to your heart. These foods are a part of your culture, so they are essentially a part of you.
In 1974, Gerald Ford said "A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." Compared to back in 1974, the government has only gotten bigger. It is in control of way too many things and they even want to control what we eat. We've given the government to much power over the years. If we keep going down this path, we will lose our freedom to do other things. Like our freedom to choose our religion or our freedom of speech...not to mention that they are already trying to take away our right to bear arms. Honestly, the tax on fatty foods is just another way for the government to get their hands on our hard earned money.
Of course obesity is a problem in America, but think about this: people still smoke and drink despite costs. What you'll do instead of cure obesity, is make ALL foods more expensive and cause more hunger for poor people. Taxes is not the solution to solving obesity. Fixing obesity starts with teaching children healthy habits at a young age. Then, keep recess and PE in schools. Keep PE mandatory all four years of high school. Communities should focus on physical activity for adults as well as kids. If you are skinny and know how to plan meals and effectively exercise, offer to teach community courses. Volunteer! Instead of blaming obesity on weak minded people, offer a hand out of bad habits. Do you grow a garden? Offer fresh fruit and vegetables to people that don't have access to fresh foods. Let's help each other out of this epidemic. Let's stop taxing everyone so they can't afford anything, especially when taxing fatty foods will likely take food out of children's mouths with nothing else to replace it.
The American government should let people choose what they eat and drink on their own. The American government has to stop treating Americans like immature children. If people want to eat snack foods, LET THEM! It is not the government's business what people eat and drink. Outlawing these foods would also put the food manufacturers out of business and put lots of people out of work. This economy cant afford more unemployed people
The government shouldn't control of what kinds of foods we consume...thats way overboard. I do get that it would lower the obesity rate but still, it;s not up to them to tell us that unless we want to pay more we cannot eat somewhat unhealthy foods! PLUS! that will only make us crave more
While raising the price of junk food might make it more expensive by default, why not do it the other way around? In supermarkets like SHOPRITE the organic produce for say apples averages around $1.15 per pound times about 5 oz per apple. Compare that to say 2 $2 bags of potatoe chips, which is cheaper? Apples go bad but chips can stay around for months. Many times I've had to put back apples and fruits to get sugary and inferior canned fruits because of the expense. Even proccessed vegan/tofu foods are a lot, about $4 for 4 vegan burgers. Many people want to eat good but how can you eat healthy food if you can't afford them? Also garding should be encouraged a lot more. For those with houses, why waste a whole front yard on flowers you can't eat? Why in America is it encouraged for a whole plot of land to be cut grass? Homeowners should be encouraged to grow crops. Green food should be offererd more and at lower prices in bulk.
Holidays like Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day would loose their appeal because less people will buy candies or chocolates because of the fat tax. Also small businesses that sell such products may go out of business because they loose revenue. Several studies have also shown that a fat tax would only impact the light consumers of "fatty foods" as opposed to the heavy consumers. Thus, the a fat tax would be ineffective.