Fat Tax

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Hammond 1
Christine Hammond
Instructor Knight
English 111
22 June 2015
Fat Tax:
Why It Will Not Work
Two out of every three Americans are considered to be overweight or obese. The growing obesity rate has led to high cholesterol, and an increase in chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. Can a tax on sugar and fat laden “junk” foods curb over-consumption? This works in theory, but in reality there are solid reasons why this tax won’t work. There are a large number of Americans that live in “food deserts” with limited access to healthy foods. For an obese person to make wise food choices, they must first value their health. Raising the price of unhealthy foods won’t instill value on health. One of the main
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Attacking the obesity problem this way ignores more important aspects of the problem. Many Americans don’t have access to the foods they need to have well-balanced nutrient rich diets. Some initiatives to bring better food choices to Americans living in food deserts are using mobile grocery stores, and allowing abandoned land in urban areas to be farmed. There are now many communities in the United States that are bringing free nutrition education to residents. The hope is that with education, people will understand better the relationship between food and health. More needs to be done to educate people about the necessity of exercise and provide affordable options for living an active lifestyle.

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