Americ The Free And The Home Essays

1218 Words May 18th, 2016 5 Pages
America. The land of the free and the home to the courageous inventors, protesters, and politicians that have shaped the world as we know it. For centuries, the United States has been a place recognized by all as the powerhouse of the world; a country with the biggest houses, debt, and unfortunately… people. “ ⅔ of the population consists of citizens who are considered overweight/obese, making 68% of the United States unhealthy” (Hasan). Whether it be building nutritious supermarkets such as Whole Foods, promoting TV shows like ‘The Biggest Loser’, or purchasing activewear at your local Dick’s, the journey towards a healthier America is very much alive. But with barely any progress made when it comes to the amount of obese individuals that live in the U.S., I urge to create a new epidemic that will constitute the necessary steps to build the America we all yearn for. A fat tax, or the taxing of food that is high in cholesterol, calories, and glucose, would not only create revenue but decrease obesity, seeing a historical precedent apply to taxing food that we have seen with both cigarettes and alcohol.
Protestors of the fat tax say that picking a few products and taxing them won’t bring the U.S. benefits, while also assuring that taxing low-income families because they can’t afford to eat healthier isn’t the right way to go. Foods and drinks are only some of the factors making people obese. There is a lot more that goes into being obese, like not exercising regularly.…

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