Myth: taxing junk foods imposes a nanny state on individuals and punishes those who consume junk food in moderation.
Taxing junk foods will decrease consumption of unhealthy foods and decrease obesity rates. The obesity rate for adults was 15% in 1980. The number has doubled since then says the centers for disease control and prevention. More than 2/3 of adults over 20 are either overweight or obese. Nowadays there is some kind of fast food on the corner of every major intersection. Everyday 75 million Americans eat at a fast food restaurant. Statistics say that 40% of American meals are now bought and consumed outside the home, typically consisting of high-calorie, low-nutrition items such as soft drinks, French fries, and low-grade meat laced with fat, cheap sweeteners, pesticide residues, chemical additives and salt. Recent studies link pesticide residues and chemical additives like MSG in processed foods and restaurant fare to hormone disruption and obesity. No wonder 60% of Americans are either overweight or obese. Consider these distressing facts:
* One in every three children born since the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.
* Diet related obesity, diabetes and heart disease are now the nation’s number one public health problem, generating an estimated $150 billion in health-care costs every year.
* Millions of youths and adult have literally become addicted to the chemically enhanced junk-food served in fast food restaurants, school lunch rooms and institutional cafeterias.
* In 1972, U.S. consumers spent $3 billion dollars a year on fast food; today we spend more than $110 billion.
The junk-food industry is being attacked by public health advocates and parents and finds itself in the same position as the tobacco industry did in the 1990’s. After decades of lies and industry propaganda, the truth is finally coming out: junk food kills. Even after the effort of some states to...