Argument and Persuasion Essay

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Morgan O'Neal

December 13, 2011


Argument and Persuasion Essay

Price for Healthy Living

Eating unhealthy foods is one of the major causes of obesity today; but should there be a higher tax on all soft drinks and junk food? Should people be punished for eating what they want? Yes, there are health risks involved with an unhealthy diet but is a higher taxing on these foods the right alternative? With the price of healthcare raising maybe the extra tax could help alleviate it, maybe not. Perhaps the higher tax will turn people away from buying unhealthy foods and drinks. Consuming unwholesome food can lead to clogged arteries, heart attacks and many other fatal illnesses. Buying the healthier substitute may help our country with its obesity crisis.

In today’s society obesity is one of the biggest health risks. Almost all of obesity comes from people’s own decisions. It comes down to the intake of calories and the burning of calories. “Activity is not the solution – you can’t run off a Coke or an ice-cream cone or candy bar very easily – it takes a lot of exercise to offset an extra hundred calories” (Rheuban). Willingness to make changes should be the main goal to focus on.

If the government imposed a higher tax on junk foods and soft drinks, it would encourage healthier eating. Lawmakers site the effect on taxes on cigarette consumption, “studies prove that for every ten percent increase in price, cigarette consumption decreases by seven percent for youth and about 4 percent across the board” (Farkondepay). New York’s Governor David Patterson, tried engaging this idea last year when he presented an 18 percent tax on soda, which got turned down. However, more Americans are gaining interest and starting to buy into his plan. “A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in July found that 55 percent of people favored a tax on unhealthy snack foods while 53 percent supported a rise in soda taxes” (Farkondepay). Supporting this higher tax deal will...
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