ITS NOT ANOPINION…………..ITS FACT Tripled in the last 30 years!!!
FACTS According to Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports on obesity (PreventingChildhood Obesity: Health in the Balance and Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity: How Do We Measure Up?) : • Childhood obesity has increased dramatically over the last three decades, and conditions in many communities continue to act as barriers to healthy eating and adequate physical activity.• Childhood obesity is a serious health problem that has adverse and potentially long-lasting consequences for individuals, families, and communities. • Overall, more than 16.3 percent of children and adolescents aged 2– 19 are obese. • Obesity is so prevalent that it may reduce the life expectancy of today’s generation of children and diminish the overall quality of their lives. (http://site.ebrary.com/lib/westga/docDetail.action)
The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered obese
There are several similar tax proposed to reduce the weight of our young children. Seven states impose special taxes or fees on soda and soft drinks Ten states has exclude certain high-fat and high-sugar edibles ("junk food")http://www.cga.ct.gov/2002/olrdata/fin/rpt/ 2002-r-1004.htm
• This will reduce health carecost• Raise money (Reduce deficit)• Promotes overall wellness http://www.forbes.com/2009/07/27/fat-tax-healthcare-business-washington-obama.html
• Would hit the lower class too hard• Bigger people should deal withthis problem on their own• Will not really control the badbehaviorhttp://www.taxpayersalliance.com/economics/2011/10/fat-taxes-solve-problem-designed.html
WHY TAX???? Implementing a tax onjunk foods will discourage and decrease theconsumption of foods and beverages that have minimal nutritional value, such as sugar-sweetened beverages.