My Modest Proposal
Obesity rates in the United States are among the highest in the world. Around two thirds of the adults living here are either overweight or obese and around 200,000 deaths in the United States are cause from obesity and causes health problems including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. This is a major problem in our society to this day and continues to get worse and worse every year. My modest proposal would be to create a new tax called a “fat” tax that raises your regular taxes by a certain percentage, if your body fat percent is above the recommended, based on World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health recommendations. Every year, the majority of people living in the United States have to pay their taxes. With the new fat tax, every person would have to get thoroughly examined by a licensed doctor and given a document that has his or her body fat percentage. For every percent of body fat over the World Health Organization’s required percent, they would be taxed an additional charge added to their regular taxes, taking account of age, height and any other factors regarded as relevant. This would dramatically change the country as a whole in various ways. Fast food restaurants such as McDonalds, the leading fast food chain, would start shutting down and go out of business eventually. The country would start a new generation of healthier, cheaper, and more efficient ways of fast food chains so that not only the poor and middle classes would eat them, but the upper class American citizens would start eating at them as well. This new proposal would encourage more and more people to work out and burn off the extra calories consumed in their day. The country in a whole would become, possibly, the most healthy and fit country in the world if this Fat tax proposal were adopted. By just the simple act of eating healthy and working out daily, the United States would befit in heaps of ways. People’s life expectancy...
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