Unhealthy foods and drinks should be taxed and healthy foods should be advertised more to help prevent American obesity. In “Bad Food? Tax it, and Subsidize Vegetables”, Mark Bittman suggests that the people of America should stop eating unhealthy foods so often. In the article, Bittman tells his audience that people have “heart disease, diabetes and cancer are all in large part caused by the standard American Diet” (page 35). He also states that eating healthy can result to a better health care system saving millions of lives.
This is a relevant concern, but allowing individuals to have that choice has led to higher health and medical costs for the individual, as well as for government programs. Obesity is no longer simply a choice for an individual; it is involving the national government. People have a right to eat how they choose, but when their choices negatively impact the lives of others, it becomes imperative to control and stop this harmful epidemic and bring it to a halt. Many factors are claimed to cause obesity. One of the first excuses people use is genetics.
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Many health conscious people will talk about the many benefits of taxing unhealthy foods, but they tend to leave out the drawbacks of taxing such things. The drawbacks include the large opposition to this tax, the economic impact, as well as the consequences of charging people more for food that was originally considered low in price. At the end of the day, implementing an unhealthy food tax would not be in the best interest of the nation. There are many people who oppose implementing an unhealthy food tax or a “Fatty Foods” tax. Everyone knows that unhealthy foods can cause health problems.
The opponents will argue that education is all that’s needed, and I agree that it can play a key role. Americans should understand more about the effects of unhealthy eating, and exposés of these effects can have an impact. A well-organized documentary with chilling facts can certainly pack a punch. So yes, a better health education can help to raise awareness about obesity, but taxing unhealthy foods at the same time would have even more of an effect. For example, in 1998, the United States settled multiple lawsuits with the tobacco industry, resulting in tobacco companies agreeing to finance antismoking campaigns and to cut down on their marketing.
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.
In order for our present and future society to have a better overall health, fast food should have government intervention to reduce serious health problems caused by fast food simply by banning trans fat, visibly showing calorie contents, and eliminating huge sizing options. “When it comes to fat, trans fat is considered by some doctors to be the worst type of fat. Unlike other fats, trans fat — also called trans-fatty acids — both raises your "bad" (LDL) cholesterol and lowers your "good" (HDL) cholesterol. A high LDL cholesterol level in combination with a low HDL cholesterol level increases your risk of heart disease, the leading killer of men and women” (Mayo Clinic Staff, 3). Fast food company’s love using trans fats in the manufacturing of foods because it helps foods stay fresh longer, have a longer shelf life and have a less greasy feel yet much harder for your body to digest.
Is It Really Worth More Taxes? The government has decided that individuals should start eating healthy to reduce the rate of obesity in the county. To improve this rule, they are prepared to pass what they call ‘fat taxes’. This ‘fat tax’ is supposed to be targeted on the items that increase the level of obesity and by this, Americans would not have the funds to afford these ‘junks’ when the prices have been inflated. 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.
If something does not guarantee weight loss or any health benefit then do not advertise it does so. This is where regulations from the government would come in handy. If the government could just place more regulations on what is okay and what is not okay with how food advertisers promote their foods, this would help shoppers, especially those health conscious purchase what is right. Almost a decade ago, “Congress passed a law that overhauled food labels and required comp... ... middle of paper ... ...ho is trying to lose weight or is just trying to be health conscious. In domino effect that follows these countless diets that do not ideally sound as terrible because they are hidden under flashy known celebrities, savvy wording and endless before/after promotions.