The U.S. Government Should Tax Junk Food

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The U.S. Government Should Tax Junk Food

According to the Health and Medical Research Foundation, the U.S. is the fattest country in the world. The percentage of over weight people has been doubled in the last fifty years. So that today an incredible 2/3 of the American population is over weight and 1/3 is obese. Fast food of little nutrition value is cheap, but it is a major cause of obesity. In an article by Kathleen Parker, entitled “Time to Tax Junk Food” the author, proposes that the U.S. government should tax junk food. Parker believes that junk food is of little nutritional value and high in fat, sugar, and calories. Thus, three of every five adult Americans are obese or over weight which cause diabetes, heart disease and/or inability to exercise. She goes on to argue that high taxes on cigarettes have turned out to be the most effective weapon in the effort to reduce smoking so we should definitely tax junk food top stop obesity just like we tax cigarettes to stop cancer. I believe that the U.S. government should tax junk food because it can help obese children to have healthy food habits, and there will be fewer medical problems for obese people.

First, the U.S. government should tax junk food because it can help obese people to stop eating junk food. Most obese people have high blood sugar because of eating unhealthy foods and little or no exercise. For example, when junk food is cheap and good food is expensive, obese people want to buy food because they can get more food for a low price. When the U.S. government taxes junk foods, people who like to eat junk food or cheap food will try to buy healthy food instead of cheap food. For example, if a bowl of chicken salad costs $3 dollars and a burger is $3 dollars, too, obese people will start to eat healthy food, not cheap or junk food because they know it will lead to being over weight and unhealthy. Taxing junk food can help obese people to make a right decision and stay away from...
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