The Importance Of Tax On Junk Food

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The obesity rate in America is increasing exorbitantly as the years pass; this is why we must put a luxury tax on junk foods and make healthier foods more affordable. If future generations cultivate bad eating habits from their parents because they have to buy unhealthy foods due to them being cheaper, it will eventually weaken and end the human race. To put it briefly, there are many unhealthy people with unhealthy eating habits. The reason being that junk food is more affordable whereas healthier foods are more expensive. We have to fight this; because junk food is unhealthy, it will promote healthier eating habits, and it will help secure a healthier future generation of humans. The first reason we should tax junk food in America is …show more content…
Industries typically pass a substantial fraction of taxes into retail prices, in response people will eat and drink less targeted products (Marron). Specifically, it shows in the article that the reason why healthier food production is more costly is because “the cost of organic food is higher than that of conventional food because the organic price tag more closely reflects the true cost of growing the food” (Why People). Hence, if it is less affordable, people tend to avoid it. Raising the prices on Junk foods can change overall diets; including food in restaurants, schools and other locations outside the home. It would promote healthy eating inside and outside the home since healthier food would be the cheaper choice. For example, tax simulations suggest for example that a moderate taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages could reduce rates 1-4% in the US. Diminutions in these rates would be constructive when moderate, but larger taxes would likely have bigger effects (Marron, Gearing, and Iselin). Junky foods and drinks have been targeted at children to secure life-long customers. Thus, if we tackle the unhealthy foods with taxes; their parents will encourage kids not to buy unhealthy junk. Accordingly they will turn away from unhealthy foods and adopt a healthier diet …show more content…
By the previous statistics that by keeping unhealthy foods untaxed, it showed that the only thing that has happened within two years is that obesity rates are swelling along with diabetes, heart disease, and deaths due to the mentioned diseases. In 2010 a total of 234,051 people died due to diabetes, from 2009-2012 adults age 18 years or older with diagnosed diabetes, 65% had LDL cholesterol greater than or equal to 100mg/dl or used cholesterol-lowering medications. Since 2010, there has been an increase of 3-4 million people who have diabetes in America and as you can see if you turn on a television the reason is clear; which is the fast food, sodas, junk foods, fizzy drinks and many more reasons (Statistics About Diabetes). The only intellectual theory to as why diabetes is increasing is to blame the increasing fast food chains and junk foods. After a period of 15 years people who ate at fast food places 2 times a week were compared to people who ate fast food once a week. The two-times a week gained an extra ten pounds and experienced a two-fold increase in insulin resistance which is a risk factor for type two diabetes (World). The risks of eating junk and fast foods are the following; stroke, obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and

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