Fat Tax

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Submitted By champard
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Hammond 1
Christine Hammond
Instructor Knight
English 111
22 June 2015
Fat Tax:
Why It Will Not Work
Two out of every three Americans are considered to be overweight or obese. The growing obesity rate has led to high cholesterol, and an increase in chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and cancer. Can a tax on sugar and fat laden “junk” foods curb over-consumption? This works in theory, but in reality there are solid reasons why this tax won’t work. There are a large number of Americans that live in “food deserts” with limited access to healthy foods. For an obese person to make wise food choices, they must first value their health. Raising the price of unhealthy foods won’t instill value on health. One of the main reasons for the growing number of overweight Americans is the lack of exercise; a fat tax doesn’t address this problem.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Food Deserts are defined as urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Instead of supermarkets and grocery stores, these communities may have no food access. In a food desert, residents are often served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food options. For example, in Chicago, more than 500,000 residents live in food deserts, and an additional 400,000 live in neighborhoods with a preponderance of Hammond 2 fast food restaurants and no grocery stores nearby. Most of these people are low income. A food tax in these food deserts would increase the price of the only food available. The foods targeted are a large part of the food budget for low-income people, raising the prices on these foods would further impoverish an already poor demographic. Instead of legislating a fat tax in these areas, governments should find ways to bring more grocery stores and…...

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