The Problem Of Junk Food

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Canada has a problem with obesity and an established solution is needed. Junk food is easily accessible and because of this, low-income families are more likely to purchase larger quantities of it due to lower costs. Obesity can lead to diseases and serious illnesses, and some of the most likely illnesses to be received from obesity include type 2 diabetes, uterine cancer, and gallbladder disease Illnesses and diseases are dreadful, however, the number of people that have them may decline by decreasing the amount of sugary, carbonated, and high sodium foods humans consume. A tax needs to be added to junk food because it will decrease consumption and reduce obesity rates, lower incidence of diseases, and the revenue generated by these …show more content…
According to Aronne (2002), “a BMI of 25 kg/m2 is the generally accepted threshold for identifying a patient at higher risk for obesity-related diseases, more notably type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease” (Aronne, 2002). This suggests that all humans that have a BMI over 25kg/m2 are at risk of being diagnosed with these diseases.
Therefore, junk foods are taxed, there is an opportunity to broadcast to society that the overweight population is subjective to these diseases and if people do not start working now to decrease the population of obesity, it is going to become a bigger issue than it already is. While junk food is easily available, it makes it more likely that low-income families are to purchase more junk food. According to Franck, Grandi, & Eisenberg (2003), “low-income populations consume more junk food than do high-income ones, and they are generally at high risk of obesity and chronic disease. It follows that low-income individuals might be more likely to change their consumption behaviors and experience long-term health benefits.” (Franck, Grandi, & Eisenberg,
TAXING OBESITY 5 2003) Low-income families should not be the ones that are suffering from chronic diseases
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However, like Franck, Grandi, & Eisenberg wrote, they are 13 times more likely to become more obese than they already are. Something needs to be done about it. It still stands, junk food needs to be taxed to decrease the obesity epidemic.
Decreasing illness and diseases, reducing the population of obesity and having additional revenue to use for healthy living programs are all reason why taxes need to be added to junk food. People need to realize that the issue is directly in front of them, and is not going away any time soon. Therefore, something needs to be done to try and decrease the number of humans who are overweight, being diagnosed with obesity related diseases and illnesses, and to make sure that the world knows how to provide themselves with a healthy lifestyle. Junk food should be taxed because it will decline consumption and diminish obesity rates as well as the frequency of diseases, while the revenue generated by these taxes can be used to fund education programs to develop healthy

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