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‘Fat Tax’ Could Curb Nation’s Obesity Problem

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May 20, 2012

From RTV6 ABC

INDIANAPOLIS — Health experts have been trying to combat obesity in America for years and have recently suggested a new way to solve the growing problem.

A new study suggests that imposing a fat tax on unhealthy food and drinks could help slim down expanding waistlines.According to British Medical Journal , more than 60 percent of Americans are overweight. Under the tax, a $4 cheeseburger would cost an extra 80 cents, RTV6’s Stacia Matthews reported.

Some Hoosiers found the proposed fat tax hard to swallow.

“I don’t think we should tax people and the way they run their lives,” one man said.
Others said a fat tax is palatable.

“I’d pay 20 percent. It’s worth it,” one woman said. “I would eat a lot more healthy just to save more money.”

Researchers said a fat tax could drop obesity rates by 3.5 percent and prevent 2,700 heart-related deaths a year. The study also urged subsidies for healthier foods and veggies to make them more affordable.

Dr. Eric Wright, who heads the Department of Public Health at the Indiana University School of Medicine, said the fat tax falls right in line with other consumer products.

“We’ve applied tax to alcohol and tobacco and that has definitely shown through very many studies that it actually decreased use. So, the logic has been applied to fatty foods and preliminary evidence in Europe is that it’s very effective,” Wright said.

Researchers said Indiana spends $3.5 billion a year on obesity-related medical costs.

“The reality is, with two-thirds of the population being overweight or obese, that’s what’s driving up health care costs and you can either choose to pay now, or you can pay later,” Wright said.
Critics of the tax said people who choose to eat healthier foods should receive tax breaks and incentives.

To read more, visit:  http://www.theindychannel.com/health/31079697/detail.html

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Rattlerjake says:

    Here we go, tax unhealthy food so that everybody still pays for FAT PEOPLE. I am not fat, so why should I pay more if I chose to enjoy some “junk food” now and then? What is needed is for people who are overweight to be charged an additional fee or higher price for any medical treatment they receive. Stop forcing businesses and government to higher FAT PEOPLE. Social programs are one of the biggest creaters of FAT people in that they throw more and more money and benefits at them – Ever heard of disability? It’s the biggest FAT PEOPLE excuse to get more money and not work there is. But the government’s wisdom says tax everybody, typical!!!!!

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