Fat Tax Essay

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Should a tax be applied to junk food and soft drinks to encourage healthy eating? After a long day, there’s nothing better than indulging in a refreshing treat, such as a can of Coke, your favourite chocolate bar from the store, or a plate of grease-soaked french fries. Individually, and in moderation, these delicacies are harmless and they satisfy our natural appetite for such foods, and it’s only a dollar or two extra out of our wallets; inexpensive and convenient. However, those tasty treats may cost you a bit, possibly even a lot, more cash, so you can consume them. The culprit is the fat tax, a tax that has long been debated on whether or not it will be employed. There has been an ongoing battle against foods that could potentially harm your body, turning the focus onto what is a part of our daily lives, rather than dangerous illegal substances. A fat tax is a tax applied to unhealthy foods, such as candy or sugar-loaded pop, to discourage consumers from ingesting foods that aren’t good for their health. If passed, this fat tax will become a huge nuisance to everyone and will unlikely be of any success. Factors such as one’s personal responsibility about the choices they make in their life, similar taxes and what the fat tax would concern, as well as the impact on successful businesses producing potentially taxed products that may influence on whether or not the fat tax becomes law. People must be held responsible for their own lives and the choices they make within it. They are held accountable for their weight, the products and food they purchase, and the chemicals, fats, vitamins, and sugars they put into their bodies. Many families do not have the income to support themselves with healthy, well-rounded meals, consisting of expensive organic foods. Instead, they are forced to eat McDonalds, Burger King, and other poor quality fast food restaurants. With

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