Fat Tax On Junk Food And Soft Drinks Essay

1497 Words Mar 17th, 2016 6 Pages
In recent years, obesity has been a foremost problem in our society and even after Americans have become aware of obesity it still has not disappeared or shown a major decline in obesity rates. For the same reason, the government has taxes on tobacco to discourage the usage of smoking and the same thing can be done to junk food and soft drinks in order to lower the percentage of the population that is obese. Most people argue that a fat tax on junk food and soft drinks will affect the poorer population as they spend a greater part of their income on junk food compared to the rest of the population, which is true with the cigarette tax as well that over the long-term the policy will make up for the cost and overall be a beneficial policy. Obesity is a widespread issue and it’s becoming a colossal problem which can only be confronted with government action as there is no other way to stop obesity and it’s affecting the well-being of its citizens. This paper will make the case that having a fat tax on junk food and soft drinks is net benefits by addressing the effectiveness, economic impact, and justification of the policy.
A fat tax is the most effective way to fight obesity for the same reason that the tobacco tax caused a decline in the usage of tobacco products. The counter argument to this would be that the effectiveness of a fat tax in obesity is not proven and when Denmark implemented a fat tax it did not cause any major change to the obesity in the nation. The fat tax…

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