Why Junk Food Should Be Taxed

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Essay # 4
Jose Nunez
07/24/12
Junk Food should be Taxed

Who has not eaten junk food at least once? I did it, and to me, as to many Americans, the junk food is the most delicious type of food. However, I know it is the unhealthiest food and the main cause of obesity in the United States. On the other hand, the U.S. government feels that is important to intervene in junk food lover’s lives to help them to improve their health and their food choices. In order to combat the obesity and other health problems that junk food causes, the U.S. government has been looking for many ways to prevent and decrease the number of obese people in the country. They believe that adding taxes to the junk food is a great idea that might help people to eat healthy and will help to save people’s lives by changing their food choices. Also, the government will save money because less people will get sick. I agree that the government should definitely tax junk food for many reasons.

First, government should add taxes to the junk food because it would help discourage peoples’ consumption of unhealthy food and to reduce the number of obese people in the country. Many people would rather eat junk food because it is convenient, saves time, and it is cheaper than healthy food. By adding taxes on junk food, we can encourage people to eat healthy food because they will both cost the same price. For instance, every time that someone wants to eat junk food, that person will probably think about the cost and decide to prepare a delicious and healthy homemade food. Furthermore, there is evidence that taxes on cigarettes reduce the cigarette consumption. In addition, government must add taxes on junk food so that it would make people to make better decisions about their food choices and the obesity would decrease.

Second, the junk food should be taxed because it will help to reduce the costs of treating medical issues to which junk food contributes. It will reduce medical costs that obese...
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