Obesity And Unhealthy Food

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Obesity is one of the most widespread leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States. More than one-third of U.S. citizens are obese, due to unhealthy lifestyle choices. Many factors contribute to the onset of obesity, such as individual behaviors, environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, and hereditary. People on the verge of obesity, or whom already are obese, choose foods that are high in sugars and fats, which is very unhealthy. Unhealthy foods are much cheaper and more appealing than the healthier option. Thus, a reason people lead towards obesity. Re-establishing fair prices, by means of placing a tax revenue on unhealthy foods, will decrease the rate of obesity in the United States. The cost disparity among unhealthy …show more content…
“One large study found that for each can added to a person 's daily diet, the risk of diabetes jumped by 22%. There are also links between sugar and heart disease, stroke and cancer (Marion).” Unhealthy products are loaded with excessive amounts of unhealthy ingredients that put a person at risk for developing health problems and diseases. In the beginning, unhealthy foods lead to short term complications, but over time can lead to detrimental long term problems that can and will cause a person’s death. A tax would control and limit the diseases that are caused by unhealthy products. “Meanwhile, the policy of taxing unhealthy foods is embraced by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of its global strategy to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) (Cooper).” WHO strongly encourages the tax on unhealthy foods and drinks because it will promote a healthier lifestyle and reduce the development of non-communicable diseases, such as obesity. Thus, leading to a healthier society. “Reducing consumption of fatty and salty foods would have a significant benefit in improving health and personal well being (Tejvan).” Fatty and salty foods are detrimental to a person’s health because of the complications and diseases that occur from its consumption. Fatty and salty foods clog arteries, cause hypertension, and cause …show more content…
“It won 't have any effect (Tejvan).” It is impossible to get everyone to accept this task. Regardless of the price change, some people will be determined to eat the same unhealthy diet as they always have. Even though the tax will not be one hundred percent effective, the tax will still reduce the amount of unhealthy products consumed. That is the real goal, limit the amount of excessive consumption. This will lead to healthier lifestyles and an improve in health among populations. “They also victimise vast swathes of the public who consume more indulgent foods in appropriate moderation with no discernible adverse health effects. On that level, they do not appear all that fair. Industry also argues that they are an ineffective health measure (Cooper).” People may argue that placing a fat tax on unhealthy products is not the solution, instead controlling the moderation that one consumes is a better option. This may be true, but the person is left in control and ultimately it will be up to him or her to limit their consumption. By implementing a tax on these unhealthy products, it takes some power out of the individual and instead makes him or her decide between cost or guilty pleasure. More people will be able to side with cost, and choose the healthier, cheaper option. “It 's just another scheme to raise

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