Calorie Wars: Taxing fatty foods won’t trim America’s waistline
Published in The Florida Voices on 02/18/2013
Unlike smoking, it will be more difficult to curb the eating habits of fat Americans, either by taxing them or controlling the content and distribution of fatty and sugary foods.
Yet, even if Bloomberg is right, I don’t want him or any government leader to limit
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by Steven Kurlander
Most Americans are very overweight. About two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the USA are too heavy or obese.
And with skyrocketing levels of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, gout and even tooth decay, there’s a corresponding high cost associated with it to taxpayers, employers, and society at large.
So now there’s a movement led by a coalition of politicians, social scientists, activists and educators building to curb the caloric intake of Americans, which includes taxing fatty foods and drinks.
The latest proposal involving a “fat tax” was made last week in Nevada when legislation was proposed to impose a 5-cent tax on fast-food items containing more than 500 calories. That bid came on the heels of a request by a consumer group called The Center for Science in the Public Interest that week petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to set a “safe level” for added sugars in our beverages.
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