Taxing Junk Food Essay

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Every year, thousands of Americans go to stores, buy the bad foods, and get into a bad health that they might not be able to fix on their own. Without help, they can continue to be at a health they don’t want to be. In order to set people up to get a good health, it is important to make healthier foods easier to get. A way to do this is to have a junk food tax. While some people may say this will work, others might be against it saying that what we need is to educate people on healthy food choices. By doing so, we will be able to provide them with the information and ability they need to get a healthy weight and diet.
I read articles on this issue of taxing junk food. One article was called, “Bad Food? Tax it and Subsidize Vegetables,” by
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Their point is that even though taxing junk food would bring in more money for the government it would ultimately not affect how obese people are. This can be a problem for people who want taxes on foods because they might want there to be less consumption of the products so people would eat …show more content…
This can be helpful because many people in poor places usually consume more junk food than people in the high income population. Because they are so poor, they do not have enough money to be able to buy healthy foods for themselves so they would go buy the cheap food which is not the healthiest for them. As a result, they tend to have a higher risk of getting chronic diseases and being obese. If there were classes about getting nutritional food and how to make meals at home, then more people would stop buying the non-nutritional food. They can also promote healthy eating in advertisements in newspapers, magazines, and on the television. Mark Bittman talks about this by saying, “We could provide recipes, cooking lessons, even cookware for those who can’t afford it. Television publication service announcements could promote healthier eating” (Mark Bittman 6). Basically, Mark Bittman is saying that by taxing junk food, we would be able to provide people with the information they need to be healthier. We would also be able to have advertisements showing the healthy foods instead of promoting the junk foods. Since children watch television so much, they have access to seeing all the ads that show the junk food which makes them want to get it. When they see the advertisements about the good foods they will ask their parents to buy them or, if they

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