Critics have said that a fat tax takes away their freedoms; that it’s the government telling us what to eat, but that’s not true.
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TORONTO, ON (PRWEB) April 24, 2013
Lean On Life, a leading healthy lifestyle website with the latest on weight loss, nutrition and fitness has recently spoken out in support of a fat tax to help decrease junk food consumption and reduce obesity rates.
Lean On Life recently published a piece (http://www.leanonlife.com/finally-a-tax-we-can-be-happy-about/) in favor of a fat tax that would see unhealthy, fatty and sugary foods taxed higher than healthier food options. The purpose of the fat tax would be to reduce junk food consumption and to offset the rising health care costs of obesity.
The fat tax would see junk foods such as French fries or sweetened beverages taxed higher based on their fat and sugar contents. Those taxes would then go directly towards subsidizing healthier food options to make them more accessible and affordable. Some of those funds would also go towards alleviating the rising costs of obesity, projected to reach $344 billion by 2018 (http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/media-center/releases/new-data-shows-obesity-costs-will-grow-344-billion-2018)
Despite what critics say, experts at Lean On Life maintain that a fat tax is a logical solution to help reduce obesity rates. Currently, 1.5 billion people worldwide are obese or overweight, with that number expected to reach half the global population by 2030. Lean On Life believes that by changing people’s eating habits to healthier choices, and making those choices more affordable, obesity rates will begin to decline.
Lean Life Coach Tal Brodsky believes that a fat tax is a logical solution, and equates it to a cigarette or alcohol tax. “Just as a cigarette tax was implemented to discourage people from smoking and to alleviate the health care burden of smokers, a fat tax can have similar effects for obesity,” he says.
“Critics have said that a fat tax takes away their freedoms; that it’s the government telling us what to eat, but that’s not true.” Brodsky says. “With a fat tax, people are free to eat whatever they want, even unhealthy junk food. Those habits will just come at a cost.”
That cost, as Brodsky says, should be covered by people who have unhealthy behaviors that put a strain on the health care system. “If people choose to live a lifestyle that leads them to develop serious, preventable diseases, then I think it’s reasonable to ask them to pay a premium for that lifestyle.”
Lean On Life is a healthy lifestyle website that provides expert-driven knowledge from doctors, nutritionists, fitness trainers and life coaches. The site takes a hands-on approach to making weight-loss, healthy eating and fitness a simple achievable lifestyle change.