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Can people with unhealthy habits be taxed into submission?

The reason morbidly obese children consume too much soda is not that government hasn't taxed their behaviors enough. It is that they have accepted unhealthy habits and use sugar to deal with stress.

This cannot be solved by Democrats further raking small businesses over the coals (in the middle of a severe recession)...

 
tnmomofive

Asked by tnmomofive at 12:05 AM on Sep. 28, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Now the governemnt wants to control what and how much are children are drinking?!? They aren't taxing it enough?!?!

    Get real..when will the PARENTS be responsible for THEIR children?

    If my son was to become "morbidly obese" it ISNT b/c the government doesn't tax enough on junk, its b/c i failed as a parent when it comes to eating right!
    JuLiAnSmOmMy317

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 12:08 AM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:06 AM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • No Honey.. that is totally wrong. Sugary sodas and foods are out there if you want them. You have a choice to buy them or not. You have a choice to feed it to your child or not. It's also a hell of alot cheaper to buy soda than juice... or junk food rather than vegetables. Good lord if you bought the healthy stuff, such as fresh fruits and veges, you'd be broke. It's too damn expensive to buy healthy food... Simple as that. WHY? Because we made too much money on illnesses, and overweight people. You have to think deep....
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:08 AM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • Agreed. Moms and dads of morbidly obesed kids should be held accountable. "If your child does not test at a healthy weight by X date, your food stamps will be cut or revoked completely."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:08 AM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • It has nothing to do with dems or repubs they are the same freaking party! and as far as fat kids goes they (government) have done this to us by putting all this crap into our foods. The only people I know of that have NOTHING wrong with them are the Amish.
    kittymommy

    Answer by kittymommy at 12:09 AM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • Oh and yes parents need to make the right decisions for their kids. But with public schools cutting lunch funding, no recess, less money to spend in the home on healthy food, I guess we are fucked!!
    kittymommy

    Answer by kittymommy at 12:10 AM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • It's not the governments fault. It's the PARENTS fault. Stop blaming the gov't for everything. or more specifically, in your mind, I am sure you somehow think that "Nobama" is to blame. Sigh!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:28 AM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • You have a choice to feed it to your child or not. It's also a hell of alot cheaper to buy soda than juice... or junk food rather than vegetables. Good lord if you bought the healthy stuff, such as fresh fruits and veges, you'd be broke. It's too damn expensive to buy healthy food...

    Load of crap. Water is free and much better than juice. We eat actual healthy foods and all meals are cooked from scratch and we only spend 350-400 a month. Many I know that get food stamps get way more than that. We don't ever have soda, fatty meals, processed meals and junk foods. We don't have to cut corners we have plenty of money we choose to eat healthy because it is the smart thing to do. Our health care costs are low we only see the doctor for check ups since we never get sick or have healthy issues.

    People can eat healthy on a budget they are usually just too lazy to do it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:28 AM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • Well, it hasn't worked with cigarettes or alcohol.

    TBandNCmommy

    Answer by TBandNCmommy at 12:34 AM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • I spend no more than 400 a month in groceries on scratch food, veggies, and fruit. We get one box of cookies, one bag of chips and some crackers each week. We eat 20 to 30 lbs of fresh fruit each week, fresh whole food is not expensive! Also that budget includes diapers for two kids.

    And no, sun taxes don't work, but they make money!
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:46 AM on Sep. 28, 2009

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