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Taxing Junk Food

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Why Should the Government Tax “Junk Food”?
The duty of ensuring a healthy life for the citizens is the government’s in the first place, then the citizens’ their selves. The reason is that the citizens provide their necessary supplements from the markets, almost markets that are legalized by the government, and their job is to sell feasible foods. Some foods lack the nutritional values that are necessary for health; they’re called junk food, and they’re being sold and used by people. These kinds of foods lead to serious health issues, so they should be reduced, and the most effective way to do this is to impose governmental taxes to help preventing junk food.

One of the disadvantages of junk food is that it leads people to get overweight by time. The reason behind this phenomenon is that junk food contains no nutritional values, and it contains empty calories, and a high level of saturated fat, salt, or sugar. The stomach finds it a problem digesting junk food. In addition to that, people get used to eat junk food weekly or daily and the reason of this belong to the availability of junk food in fast food restaurants. Overweight is a serious problem that mostly leads to death. For example, in the United States, 300000 Americans die each year because of overweight (McCuen, 1.).

Usually, and as the medical reports say, junk food is unsafe. We can explain this in an easy way. Most of the restaurants that serve fast food do not serve healthy and safe food to people where as they serve junk food. “Unsafe food” means that the reference of the food is unknown. If we take meat as an example, because it is used in most fast food restaurants’ sandwiches, we do not know whether the health organizations in the government approved that this kind of meat which is being sold in the fast food restaurant is clean and healthy or is not appropriate to be eaten. People do not know the reality, but they have a big field of research they can do so they know more about junk food....