Junk Food Tax to Control Expanding Waistlines?
A recently published study has hinted that one of the more effective ways to fight the increasing problem of obesity is to impose a "Junk Tax" or "Fat Tax" on fattening foods, while making much healthier options like fruits and veggies more affordable.
For parents, to try and sell fruits and vegetables to their children is, as has been witnessed over the years, a much difficult job, and considering the rush everyone is in nowadays, these food items seem to be the quicker and better option for grownups as well.
In such a scenario, is it fair to impose extra-heavy taxes on these foods just to discourage people from buying them? And even if this does happen, would it help in any way? What about all those parents who would be running around trying to feed their kids healthier foods, already pressed for time?
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California Legislature seem to have a different view. The Governor thinks that getting rid of junk food in schools altogether might just be the best place to start. Wouldn't that amount to forcing particular foods on children?
Regardless of whether you agree that the Government should be forcing people to eat what contemporary experts term as "healthy", we can all agree on one fact, which is that the concept of being "fair" needs to be kept in mind.
Instead of asking consumers who enjoy an extra cheeseburger or another slice of pizza to shell out more money, and pressurizing children in schools to stuff themselves with fruits and vegetables and other less fattening and healthier options, and not letting them enjoy their choices, the Government should try and invest more funds into making PE classes at school or little every day workouts more frequent and enjoyable.
What is really interesting is that there is a whole group of health oriented advocates who are of the opinion that these fat taxes might not work at all, or hardly work. Some people might quit drinking and eating fattening foods, but might start gorging on other calorie ridden items which are not highly taxed. Where does that leave the Government and its new solutions? No point in trying to implement something that might not work, or anger the common man. A different approach and view needs to be taken, and then expanding waistlines might be controlled.
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