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Do you agree with the concept of an Obesity tax?

Governor David Paterson(NY) is proposing a tax of around 15 per cent in his budget in a two-pronged attempt to improve health and cut a $15 billion budget deficit.
Various states, including New York and California, already impose sales taxes on soft drinks, sweets and snacks. Fast food chains in New York City also have to list the calorific content of items on their menus. However, Mr Paterson's proposal marks the first attempt to distinguish between "diet" and "non-diet" versions of a product.
By doubling the existing 7.5 per cent sales tax, Mr Paterson could bring in an extra $400 million to state funds

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 2:19 PM on Dec. 17, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I do not think that is fair.

    I personally will NEVER use "diet" products as I do not consider artificial sweeteners safe. I do not like anything artificial. so I guess I'll just have to pay more.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:21 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

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    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 2:22 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • Did he invest in the Aspartame industry? I wouldn't drink that poison for free!

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:23 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • yes. i agree with it if only to make people more healthy. most americans dont eat right. i dont agree about the artifical sweetner though..i think they should tax like twinkies, chips, fast food.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:59 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • people are going to eat crap weather it is taxed or not!!

    Answer by mrssundin at 3:01 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • If elected officials are so damn worried about unhealthy products, they need not look further than our own FDA. I am apalled at the items on our grocery shelves and how nearly everything is made with artificial crap that the bozos at the FDA have deemed to be OK. One reason for obesity is that the body holds onto fat as a way to try to detox itself from all the chemicals ingested. Implementing an obesity tax will do absolutely nothing. Once again, our elected officials miss the mark.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:17 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • I am apalled at the items on our grocery shelves and how nearly everything is made with artificial crap that the bozos at the FDA have deemed to be OK.

    Just because the FDA deems it as OK, doesn't mean you should consume it. The FDA isn't a health and wellness center, it's merely an agency for "protecting the public health by assuring foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health".  People need to have common sense, too. I think like cigarette tax, tourism tax, and fur/luxury tax this is probably a good revenue generator. If people are going to buy the crap, make it work toward your state's benefit.  Once they pay the state deficit  down, this money should be continued to be used to fund Health/Nutrition Education initiatives.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 3:25 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • i dont mind them taxing junk foods, so long as they arent outright taxing fat people. im fat & i stopped eatting junk food about 2 years ago...i just dont exercise enough.
    i think they should use that tax money to make community fitness centers that are cheap & make community sports leagues for children cheaper/free. if they would make it cheaper more parents could afford to get their kids some organized exercise.

    Answer by okmanders at 3:32 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • Even if there were taxes on junk food, it would likely still be less expensive than eating healthier things. Have you ever noticed that you can get a 99 cent double cheeseburger, but a grilled chicken sandwich is $3? And anything with "organic" stamped on it is overpriced. Lower income families can't always afford to purchase the more expensive healthy alternatives. And honestly, a lot of people are always wanting to get more for their money-- a pound of chicken breasts costs the same as 2 - 3 pounds of ground beef (the cheap, fatty stuff).
    The entire system needs an overhaul, in my opinion. Instead of taxing junk, why not make healthy food a more viable option for those of us on a tight budget?

    Answer by NatureGrl25 at 3:34 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

  • you dont have to buy diet products to be healthy, how many of you have heard of h2o
    considering that obesity is such a huge problem that it affects over 50% of people, something needs to change. the only reason that it continues is because it gives people a lot of $$$$, diet scams, surgeons for bypass, insurance companies, medication for heart disease, cancer, diabetes ect... also all the companies that make the food!
    and forget the FDA they are a joke! many of the chemicals they approve to go into food is addictive so you get hooked on those unhealthy things. and its legal!
    just use your common sense, buy healthy natural chemical free products. if you cant read the ingredients dont buy it. and go do a little bit of research, get educated

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:50 PM on Dec. 17, 2008

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