Effects Of Imposing A Fat Tax On Junk Food Essay

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The purpose of this paper was to research the implications of imposing a fat tax on junk food. Research was conducted on the effects it would have on obesity rates and on consumers’ food choices. Health risks associated with obesity were addressed as well as the implicated costs of treating these illnesses. Common misconceptions were addressed and alternatives were provided. Comparisons were made with similar taxes which had proven both successful and unsuccessful. It was concluded that implementing a fat tax in the U.S. would help reduce the extensive population of overweight Americans by guiding them to choose healthier foods, in turn, leading them toward a better life. Keywords: fat tax, obesity, sin tax, skinny tax, child obesity, healthcare costs

The idea of implementing Fat Tax on junk food in the U.S. has been in debate for quite some time. While California was first in the nation to implement the “fat tax”, the rest of the U.S. has not followed suit. This tax will be applied to any item containing more than 2.3% saturated fat, including dairy products such as cheese, milk, processed foods, pizza, soda, and candy. The purpose of such a tax is to deter consumers from purchasing unhealthy foods and lowering the rate of obesity. Research by Ogden, Carroll, Kit and Flegal (2014) concluded that “prevalence of obesity in the United States is high, with one-third of adults and 17% of children obese” (“Prevalence of Childhood Obesity in the United…

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