As a market failure, the obesity epidemic in America is costing the federal government billions of dollars annually. While most obesity prevention programs aim toward changing the rate of children who become obese, many fail, causing an inefficient allocation of government resources. Much of what 's already been done has proven to barely be a speed bump in the progression that is the obesity epidemic. Several solutions which can be explored to effective halt this progression. The taxation of certain unhealthy foods, government benefits and subsidies for organic produce farmers, and passing new legislation to regulate the amount of calories a fast food restaurant is allowed to serve you, just to name a few.
Moreover, taxing measures are usually intended for the collective benefit of society rather than the individual. They are usually perceived as another way the government uses to take money out of the citizens’ pockets. Ultimately, thinking that higher taxes on unhealthy foods will help curb down the obesity rate in the country would be similar to say that cost is the sole contributing factor to this public health problem. Imposing taxes will not help lower the consumption level because these foods will still have lower prices than healthier choices. Taxes do not impact the nutritional value of foods, and their only predictable effect is to help in generating additional revenue for the government.
In this essay, I am going to share my opinion on how this ‘fat tax’ is not going to make America a better nation, and as citizens we should have the wellness of our country at heart. Although it may have the possibility of reducing obesity, it would also run companies out of business, jeopardize our freedom of choice to eat whatever we want to and fatty foods would still be cheaper than healthy food. Big companies that have been providing these ‘fatty’ items would run out of business if this fat tax is passed. This is because with the high tax placed on their produce, most Americans would rather
In the case where one might want to argue against the imposition of a tax one could argue that this policy could hurt those less fortunate. Fast food goods are considered cheap goods and so the poor tend to purchase these good as opposed to expensive healthy goods. The corrective tax makes these goods a lot more expensive to them, therefore they struggle more so than before in regards to purchasing food. The producers of such goods also face losses due to their decreased surpluses. Producers not being able to make much profit are then forced to decrease output, which takes initiative when industries lay-off works.
Many of the obesity problems that our nation faces actually stem from diet. So the question stands: Is it better to eat clean meals more frequent or eat unhealthy meals less frequent to maintain a healthy weight? Of course, if you are depriving your body of the nutrients it needs, then the initial result will be a thinner figure. However, this could be overall detrimental to your overall health in the long run. You may ask, how can eating more be better for you, much less help you lose those stubborn fifteen pounds you 've been trying to loose for years??
Junk food, such as candies and fries, provides more fats, sugar, salt, and calories, which could easily lead to obesity. Why people eat fast food instead of healthy food? One main reason is that healthy food is 1.5 dollar expensive than fast food (Dwyer). As I am a government officer, I suggest government to increase the tax rate of unhealthy food and decrease the tax rate of healthy food to improve our eating standard and reduce obesity. Generally, most healthy foods are more expensive than less healthy food.
If a person ate two fast food meals a day on average they would be over their total calorie intake allowances. Obesity does not only cause health problems but it can also cause physica... ... middle of paper ... ...estaurant and rather eat that then try something new like healthy food. People cannot control the location or amount of fast food companies and are now realizing that fast food is causing people to become obese(Lusk and Ellison). Obesity is a growing problem and more people are starting to consider themselves as becoming one of those obese Americans. Obesity is associated with many health problems both physical and mental.
Obesity will soon overtake smoking as the number one preventable cause of death (Cawely, 1). Because organic healthy food is so over-priced, Americans are forced to consume cheap unhealthy fast food. This is leading to most of the US population being obese, which could cause serious health risks. About 30% of Americans are now considered obese, and 61% considered overweight (Cawely, 3). If organic food was cheaper, many people say that they would eat it rather than the cheap fatty foods they consume.
The obesity in the UK is the highest in Europe and according to dozens of researchers the rate would possibly increase sharply in the next few years. Obesity is due to an unhealthy lifestyle, too much junk food and lack of activity. Poor health leads to many diseases such as high blood pressure heart disease, cancer, etc. Obesity impacts people’s living standard and also effects wider society. With the aim of preventing the rise of obesity, governments have taken action by introducing a new fat tax, a tax which is focused on high sugar content food.
Americans are becoming more obese due to the challenges of the economy because healthy food is overpriced, fast food restaurants at every corner, and not enough motivation to exercise. If we are going to make a change, we need to take baby steps. A healthy world is a happy world. Did you know, that obesity and overweight account for nearly one of every 10 American deaths, and they also drain our society of $223 billion a year? This simply means that obesity is the cause of most deaths in America.