Junk Food Taxes

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Abstract
The on going issue of battling obesity in America continues to haunt us. It has become a national epidemic and a major topic for controversy. The suggestion of implementing a junk food tax was proposed by several experts. The purpose of the tax was to decrease the consumption of unhealthy foods. This tax would also generate revenue earmarked for relevant causes, such as; improving diet, obesity prevention, and nutrition education. The underlying purpose is to focus on maximizing health benefits. It has sparked controversy on the levels of additional bureaucracy, interfering with personal liberties, and freedom of choice.
Junk-Food Taxes
Introduction
For years health experts have been warning Americans to lose weight and
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We also should put thought into the number of snack food and soft drink vending machines and their locations. The school systems are required by federal law to provide nutritious lunches and food. We need to strengthen and enforce the USDA regulation of foods sold in schools. Over the years the junk food industry has found ways to elude the law and its enforcement. Soft-drink companies have signed contracts that guarantee schools multimillion-dollar payments in return for putting in vending machines. We should act at all levels of government to eliminate the contracts and ban sales of soft drinks in schools all together. Students are not there to make the schools money; they are there to get an education. Brownell had many discussions with public health officials regarding America’s ongoing problem with obesity. William Hathaway, of The Hartford Courant, had these comments to make: “His conclusions have been at the center of a growing national debate over food—from whether trans fats should be served in restaurants to snack food in schools. Brownell believes the chief culprit is the trillion dollar food industry, which Brownell said has stayed profitable through massive advertising campaigns to get people to eat more calories than they need” (Hathaway, 2007).

Let Freedom Ring The junk food tax is a thought-provoking idea, provided the funds are used for the purpose intended. There are some concerns that the government should not be telling its
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