Adding a high tax on unhealthy food and drinks may help slow the rising rates of obesity, according to a new study published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal. Previous studies suggest that the sharp tax increase on cigarettes in has contributed to the dramatic decrease in the number of smokers in the U. And it's hoped a "fat" tax would work the same way. A tax of at least 20 percent placed on sugar-sweetened drinks could drop obesity rates by 3. Nearly 34 percent of Americans are obese, according to the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Bans on junk food ads and five-a-day advice miss the point. To cut obesity people need support and jobs. Boris Johnson has made obesity a political issue. The prime minister accepts that one of the reasons he nearly died from Covid was that he was carrying too many pounds. In recent decades there have been plenty of campaigns designed to make people exercise more and eat more healthily. There have been exhortations to eat five a day, sugar taxes, bans on the advertising of junk food, but none of them have made a difference. Obesity levels in England have doubled in the past quarter of a century.
Do we ever think about how many children suffer from obesity? Our government should take childhood obesity very seriously to solve this problem. The government along with other citizens should care about childhood obesity is because everyone here is a human being. Every child may not be affected by this problem, but there will always be a child who is suffering from obesity. Stop Blaming Others Obesity is a serious problem that increases year after year and affects the lives of many Americans.
Preservative although bad for one's health are readily available and accessible. People should not be taxed to attempt to curb the obesity epidemic because healthy people occasionally eat junk food. It is all about moderation not taxation. The authors shed light on the impact this kind of tax could have on low income families as studies have shown they consume more unhealthy food than high income population. The key fact to consider is that food is a necessity of live and humans cannot exist without it which can make the tax seem unethical.