The Fat Tax Should Not Cure Obesity

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The fat tax in America; an attempt to improve the obesity epidemic using the legislature. The fat tax will not cure obesity in America however, one idea is it will be used as an incentive to help improve the eating habits of Americans. The revenue collected can be used to enhance education as well as implement programs to teach healthy lifestyle tips such as exercise, and even implementing gyms in places like community centers. Another suggestion is to reduce cost of healthy foods using some of the tax money. As a result of the healthy habits of the population, Medicare and Medicaid may be less stressed resulting in less expenses. This could lead to less government debt as well as a healthier population. The percentage of obese adults doubled in the last thirty years, and obesity in children tripled. The cost of obesity annually is 100 billion dollars due to medical issued. According to Hellen Evans, the author of Healthier food in shopping centers could change bad habits’; when asked If the government should impose a fat tax, she said yes, but she also stated “that the a fat tax on its own is too simplistic and we should focus on understanding and changing people’s behavior.” (Evans, 2012). Meaning, you cannot just put a tax on food and expect people not to eat it. The pollution has to want to be healthy, but giving them an incentive to do so by making the healthy option more accessible will help form healthy habits. According to the opposition the fat tax could be an

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