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Speak Up: Do You Agree With "Fat Tax"?

Speak Up: Do You Agree With "Fat Tax"?

There has been much discussion over a so called "Fat Tax" - a tax on salty, sugary and fatty foods in Britain. A Fat Tax could save thousands of lives each year, but it's going to cost you as a consumer. The proposed Fat Tax would raise average weekly household bills by 4.6 percent -- Yikes! (This reminds me of the cigarette taxes that were imposed a few years ago.)

Personally, I think it makes sense that we should pay less for healthy (and organic) foods and more for unhealthy foods, which seems to be the exact opposite of what happens now. Raw organic almonds are how much a pound these days? So what's your opinion? Would paying more for foods high in fat and sugar discourage you from buying them? Or do you feel it is a violation of your rights? Speak up and let me know in the comments section below.

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fingolfin fingolfin 9 years
Fat tax is a great idea. will save alot of lives and improve quality of life http://www.economicshelp.org/2007/07/fat-tax-why-we-should-tax-unhealthy.html
fingolfin fingolfin 9 years
Fat tax is a great idea. will save alot of lives and improve quality of lifehttp://www.economicshelp.org/2007/07/fat-tax-why-we-should-tax-unhealthy.html
lagirl06 lagirl06 9 years
i think this is a GREAT idea! now if only we had it in the US...
krisua krisua 9 years
Only if the fat foods will REALLY be more costly than the healthy foods.
RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 9 years
I'm a libertarian, so I believe in the right of people to chose what they eat, drink, and wear. I think food shouldn't be taxed. It is a human NECCESSITY! Healthy foods should cost less, theoretically, but the corn production in America doesn't support that. (Hello, High Fructose Corn Syrup). I agree with MaggietheCat when she said "they already get 1/4 of my paycheck..."
redsnapper redsnapper 9 years
don't know...seems like a good idea, but sort of f'ed up and controlling.
MaggietheCat MaggietheCat 9 years
And BTW people should not confuse "what IS" with "what SHOULD BE." There is no logic behind saying a "fat tax" is okay because we tax cigarettes. Who says a cigarette tax is fair? If you're a fiscal conservative like me, you'd find all those taxes ridiculous. Why should the govt have my money? I earned it. They already get 1/4 of my paycheck. That's pretty ridiculous. And before the objections fly, here's another idea: The govt shouldn't be involved in making decisions about my health, aside from providing services that private organizations cannot--like inspecting foods (the FDA) or delivering the mail to your door every day. That's not to say that we shouldn't be concerned with our health. Think of how influential private organizations would be, if only the govt would shut up. Hospitals would have more money to institute local health programs. The American Cancer Society would have more billboards warning us about cigarettes. Maybe we should stop letting the govt take over these function s of private organizations. Sorry, but I was a poli sci major and political theory gets me really riled up.
MaggietheCat MaggietheCat 9 years
And BTW people should not confuse "what IS" with "what SHOULD BE." There is no logic behind saying a "fat tax" is okay because we tax cigarettes. Who says a cigarette tax is fair? If you're a fiscal conservative like me, you'd find all those taxes ridiculous.Why should the govt have my money? I earned it. They already get 1/4 of my paycheck. That's pretty ridiculous.And before the objections fly, here's another idea: The govt shouldn't be involved in making decisions about my health, aside from providing services that private organizations cannot--like inspecting foods (the FDA) or delivering the mail to your door every day. That's not to say that we shouldn't be concerned with our health. Think of how influential private organizations would be, if only the govt would shut up. Hospitals would have more money to institute local health programs. The American Cancer Society would have more billboards warning us about cigarettes.Maybe we should stop letting the govt take over these function s of private organizations.Sorry, but I was a poli sci major and political theory gets me really riled up.
MaggietheCat MaggietheCat 9 years
Umm wait. So we should take away people's money just because they're doing something that doesn't affect us and doesn't have anything to do with us, but we don't think that they should be doing it, because OBVIOUSLY we know what's better for them, even if they don't? It's absolutely terrifying to think that so many people support such a totalitarian idea.
MaggietheCat MaggietheCat 9 years
Umm wait. So we should take away people's money just because they're doing something that doesn't affect us and doesn't have anything to do with us, but we don't think that they should be doing it, because OBVIOUSLY we know what's better for them, even if they don't?It's absolutely terrifying to think that so many people support such a totalitarian idea.
candy-apple candy-apple 9 years
d_ford: to answer your comment the other heavily taxed unhealthy items like cigarettes and alcohol are not necessery to a person's survival. food is. i don't think any of the people agreeing with this realise the implication. maybe because they're so concerned with their own healthy eating and life style.. anyway. next time you see a homeless guy unloading a fistful of pennies on a macdonald's counter to buy his week's worth of food (a burger), think about what that 4.6 percent tax that seems insignificant to you will do to him. i don't claim to be in that situation but i am a student struggling to get through college (i rant about this on here regularly..) and have to balance three jobs and put up with lots of crap just to afford a roof over my head and the tuition i pay for my education. now i'm all for eating healthy- i just can't afford it now. judge me all you like: sometimes i skip meals, it's happened i'd go a whole day on one cheeseburger the week my rent was due. don't think i could've afforded even that if this tax had been there. just because it's easy for you to make decisions about how to eat healthy and everything doesn't mean it's the same for everyone. just saying.
candy-apple candy-apple 9 years
d_ford: to answer your comment the other heavily taxed unhealthy items like cigarettes and alcohol are not necessery to a person's survival. food is.i don't think any of the people agreeing with this realise the implication. maybe because they're so concerned with their own healthy eating and life style.. anyway.next time you see a homeless guy unloading a fistful of pennies on a macdonald's counter to buy his week's worth of food (a burger), think about what that 4.6 percent tax that seems insignificant to you will do to him. i don't claim to be in that situation but i am a student struggling to get through college (i rant about this on here regularly..) and have to balance three jobs and put up with lots of crap just to afford a roof over my head and the tuition i pay for my education. now i'm all for eating healthy- i just can't afford it now. judge me all you like: sometimes i skip meals, it's happened i'd go a whole day on one cheeseburger the week my rent was due. don't think i could've afforded even that if this tax had been there. just because it's easy for you to make decisions about how to eat healthy and everything doesn't mean it's the same for everyone. just saying.
cereal_please cereal_please 9 years
it sounds like a good idea but i'd rather the prices of healthy food just go down.. which is probably less likely to happen.
deanna deanna 9 years
I think the so called "fat tax" is a good idea. It will encourage all of us to make healthier choices. I praise anything that will help to get obesity under control. Childhood obesity is an epidemic! With the baby boomers retiring, and "our" children having more health problems due to poor nutrition, and lack of exercise, the strain on health care is going to further damage an already vulnerable and strained system. We only have one body, we need to treat it right.
jhuck jhuck 9 years
Price doesn't affect what I buy when it comes to food, but I think paying more than I'm already paying for any type of food would upset me. Should healthy food be cheaper? Absolutely, but I'm sure we can find other ways to get to that. With prices being crazy high for some things already, why raise the price on something when it doesn't need to be. Let's find a way to better support the farms that give us the healthy stuff!
tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 9 years
Yes I agree with the fat tax. Maybe it will make us think more about what we are eating if the prices are different. But if they do this they should make healthier food cheaper.
d_ford d_ford 9 years
What's the difference between putting higher taxes on unhealthy foods and putting higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. Cigs and alcohol are extremely bad for you as is unhealthy eating. Ever seen the film Supersize Me? That movie put me right off McDonald and all other fast foods. If there were lower taxes on healthy organic products, and higher taxes on unhealthy foods, lower income families would be able to afford eating healthy foods and wouldn't be able to afford to eat the unhealthy stuff. That leads to less people who are in need of health care, therefore lowering taxes. I'm all with lowering taxes.
d_ford d_ford 9 years
What's the difference between putting higher taxes on unhealthy foods and putting higher taxes on cigarettes and alcohol. Cigs and alcohol are extremely bad for you as is unhealthy eating. Ever seen the film Supersize Me? That movie put me right off McDonald and all other fast foods. If there were lower taxes on healthy organic products, and higher taxes on unhealthy foods, lower income families would be able to afford eating healthy foods and wouldn't be able to afford to eat the unhealthy stuff. That leads to less people who are in need of health care, therefore lowering taxes. I'm all with lowering taxes.
julea julea 9 years
i agree with this-- i wish we could have that in the US! most healthy things are so EXPENSIVE!
julea julea 9 years
i agree with this-- i wish we could have that in the US! most healthy things are so EXPENSIVE!
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 9 years
Well said, Rachelattack.
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 9 years
Well said, Rachelattack.
ejoy ejoy 9 years
good point, syako. Maybe that was just the little slap awake I needed. Because, regardless of whether they have my best interests at heart (which is often questionable at best), the government really has no business telling me what to eat. However, I'd get behind a government plan that made fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats more accessible (i.e., cheaper) to low-income families.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
Oh, and that would be the gov't's way of helping to promote healthy lifestyles
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
I agree with clarient too!
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