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Can “Fat Taxes” Keep Us Healthy?

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Quirks and Facts about Pop and Junk Food and Taxes

  • With North Americans obviously needing help (with 50 percent of the population overweight), polls show they don’t approve of “fat taxes.”
  • Studies show though, that price is more of a deterrent to eating food than education.
  • Studies also show that very overweight people are not deterred from eating by price.
  • Hungary’s “fat tax” is called a “hamburger tax” but does not tax hamburgers because they are not packaged.
  • Coca-Cola is the most powerful and recognized brand on the planet. More people recognize and consume this highly acidic, sugary and health destroying water than any other product on the planet.
  • According to branding expert Bryce Winters: “Coke’s brand story is forever. Its colors suggest life. It is therefore promising life forever.” That IS a twist!
  • The problems with these junk foods like Coke is that they are not REAL FOOD. Real food is whole and is live.
  • The body was never designed to ingest these kinds of products and only gets unbalanced and depleted in the long run.
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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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1:17AM PDT on Oct 6, 2011

I think it sounds like a good idea. It probably won't deter many people from continuing to buy junk food, but it would be nice if they could put the money raised by the tax towards something useful. Healthcare or health education in schools, something like that.

6:48PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Bring it on!

2:51AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

I think a fat tax should definitely be implemented - I'm tired of paying for other people's healthcare when they can't take care of themselves at all and have given themselves diabetes and heart disease. If people wish to make the choice to be unhealthy, they should have to pay for it so that other people don't have to!

2:09PM PDT on Sep 4, 2011

This tax won't prevent people from buying "fat drinks and foods". It's just another way to take our money from us. Then we won't even be able to afford healthy food and drinks.

1:52PM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

.......sure go ahead........and the taxes on cigarettes worked well.....last time I looked people were still buying cigarettes at, what, $8 a pack........

8:35AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

TAX AND REGULATE WATER CONSUMPTION! People have overdosed from drinking it, we need to keep a better eye on people drinking too much water!

7:17AM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

I say tax the heck out of sodas, junk food, etc. I never drink soda since tea is such a better alternative. Junk food just isn't on my list. I don't think a fat tax would ever be approved here . First of all, the big junk food corporations like Burger King, etc. would use their "$$$ power" to prevent it. Secondly, Americans, in general, are just not very health oriented. Just take a look around you at our overweight population. It's simply disgusting to see all that jingling fat everywhere. This tax is more likely to fly in Europe where people are more open minded with alternative medicine, progressive renewable energy useage, small cars, etc. We have along way to go to catch up with Europe.

4:36PM PDT on Aug 29, 2011

soda is just terrible

7:41PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

I hvae been saying this for years.

12:27PM PDT on Aug 28, 2011

I don't like to drink sugary drinks myself, but there are people who will anyway even with a tax. I think if less people do buy them they could force the people who make them to make some alternatives.

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