Cutting A Tax On Junk Food

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Raising food taxes is the topic of the editorial article “Slapping a tax on junk food is still a bad idea” by the Globe and Mail. The writer states that raising taxes is not the answer to decrease high obesity rates and instead suggests that moderation and lifestyle are key to enjoying food. The editorial also acknowledges the increasing amount of attention we give to this problem now that it has grown larger and more complex. Also, an increase of taxes ultimately allow the consumers to have the last say in what they consume. The writer argues that an increase of taxes on junk foods is not necessary for society; my research will focus on whether this is true or not. Tax increases have rippling effects that continue on for generations. “This problem is much more deeply seated then just an easy fix… there will need to be great societal change for this to happen.” (p. 39) as Bogart points out in the Obesity and its Issues article. Completely eradicating obesity is a complex task that cannot be solved with an inflation of taxes and this has caused debate in addition to rapid change in the world and the economy. Cons of Increased Junk Food Taxes A negative factor of increasing taxes are the suffering of lower income families due to a burden on the welfare dependant. Many of these families cannot afford basic necessities, let alone healthier foods. Considering what items to tax and how to tax them fairly are a primary concern for these families. Taxation of “junk

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