Junk Food Tax Essay

1102 Words Jan 17th, 2013 5 Pages
Junk Food Tax
The current issue of junk food consumption and the overall obesity battle in America continues to plague our nation. The suggestion to counteract this problem is the implementation of a “junk tax”. ProQuest states that, “’junk food tax’ refers to a tax placed upon fattening foods or beverages” (Par. 1). The intention of the tax is to minimize the consumption of unhealthy foods, which would expectantly lead to a healthier population. A junk food tax would also generate revenue for causes such as: improving diet, preventing obesity, and educating Americans about nutrition. The main purpose is to maximize health benefits. However, the tax has sparked controversy about interfering with freedom of choice and personal liberties.
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The junk-food industry is under a similar attack seen in the 1990s by the tobacco industry. Comparably these two industries have hid the dangers of their products from the public for many years; just as tobacco taxes were put in place to reduce consumption so must the junk-food tax. The movement has stirred controversy to the benefits of such a tax plan, and Americans’ prized personal freedom that health is one’s own responsibility.
The tax on “fatty-foods” by the United States government is unjust and ultimately takes away several unalienable rights granted to Americans. People are individually responsible for their weight, what they eat, and their overall health. Stated by Andrew P. Morriss, from McClathy Newspapers, “the freedom to eat a slice of pie might now sound quite as stirring as freedom of speech, but the ability to choose how to live our lives is the most fundamental freedom” (Par. 3). Founded on beliefs so much differently than any other nation, America granting personal unalienable rights is the main outlier. The other major problem with imposition is the complexity that comes with the tax, which are the job-cuts in the affected businesses and the contribution to a decrease of consumer purchasing power. Additionally the tax would also punish those who eat fast food only on rare occasions. Many healthy dieting Americans consume junk food in moderation, whether it is because they are short on time and fast

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