Junk Food Tax

1385 WordsJul 17, 20136 Pages
Junk Food tax is defined as“taxing less nutritional value food such as sugary pop while food with high nutritional value will not be taxed.” (Rupert Taylor, 2009). Junk Food is generally consumed by people with a wide range of ages, a majority of children, adults or even elderly love consuming junk food. It is likely to say that junk food contains quite a lot of fat and food additives which have low nutritional value and bad to our health. Research appears to show (Dr. Michael Booth, 2009) that the problem of obesity in children is not because of the lack of exercise by them, but the consumption of high calories junk food. Times have moved on, more people are having fat-related diseases. Some of the countries have set up law of junk food…show more content…
Thirdly, taxation on junk food may urge the food manufacturer to produce healthier food. According to the article by an international commentator on health science and social policy issues (Lois Rogers), Prof. Sir Nicholas Wald, director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine claimed that taxing the ingredients of manufactured food may urge the company to reformulate their products so as to pay fewer tax. By taxing junk food or the food additives added, the manufacturers may have higher incentive to produce healthier products so as to minimize the lost in taxation and to attract more customers to purchase their goods. In the long term, more companies may adapt to reformulating their products and it will enhance an optimum competition among different junk food companies. The beneficiary will be the whole society. Thus, the government could introduce junk food tax to encourage the manufactures to produce some healthier food for consumers to purchase. Lastly, taxation on junk food may generally lower the health burden of the government and the government can make use of the tax to subsidize healthy food and some health programs for citizens. According to the article(Mark Bitten,2011), he suggested that government can try to tax unhealthy food such as soda, French fries and chips and make a good use of the tax revenue. The government may use the tax revenue to
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