Junk Food Taxes

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When people go grocery shopping or out to eat, they don’t always make healthy choices in regards to the food that they chose to get. Things that make food unhealthy are extra amounts of sugar, sodium, and fat. Too much of any of those can cause serious health problems which a lot of people in America today suffer from but I will talk more about this later. The real problem is why are people making these choices? It’s simple, unhealthy food is cheaper than healthy food in many cases. The solution to this is to raise the taxes on food that is unhealthy for people. To start things off, we will refer to this unhealthy food as “junk food”. One problem with junk foods is that they're low in satiation value. That is, people don't tend to feel as full when they eat them, which can lead to overeating. Another problem is that junk food tends to replace other, more nutritious foods. When people drink lots of soda, for example, they are usually not getting plenty of low-fat dairy or other healthful beverages like green tea or orange juice. When they're snacking on chips and cookies, they're usually not loading up on fruits and vegetables. Already you can tell this is quite a problem, but it can be reduced to some degree if we raise the taxes on junk food. If the taxes are increased then people will be opted to buy healthier foods such as vegetables or other nutrient rich foods without added sugar or sodium. They will no longer be more expensive than the cheap, unhealthy, junk food. This in essence, will reduce the amount of junk food that people will ingest. There are a lot of health risks that go along with eating junk food. According to, Corporate Accountability International, junk food can cause diabetes, liver disease, strokes, and cancer, just to name a few. None of that sounds very good at all. Diabetes contributes to serious health complications, including, kidney

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