Obesity : The Consumption Of Unhealthy And Overly Processed Foods

1645 WordsFeb 26, 20167 Pages
Within the past 50 years, obesity rates have reached an epidemic level with the United States of America having one of the highest obesity rates in the world. America has become the poster child for obesity worldwide and that has become its most noticeable feature. Several presidents have tried implementing multiple short term solutions in recent years, but none have shown overall effectiveness in reducing the main cause of obesity: the over consumption of unhealthy and overly processed foods. The introduction of a sin tax on junk foods, often called the fat tax, has been suggested to both houses of Congress various times, increasingly so in the past few years. But with constant food industry lobbying, the tax has been rejected every time for superficial reasons and a drive for monetary gains instead of the health of their consumers. The consumers need results and efficient ones at that and that is where the fat tax becomes a viable option. The implementation of a fat tax, or a tax on unhealthy or processed foods, will minimize the obesity crisis, encourage consumers to purchase healthier food options, and reduce the overall sugar and fat intake. With the rise of obesity rates in the United States, a need has risen for a long term, effective solution to help subdue this desperate crisis. Obesity rates in America have skyrocketed, but instead of stopping and plateauing like researchers hoped, they have continued to multiply every decade. Recently, Flegal and her researchers

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