Fat tax? Why not?
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I didn't eat any of the pizza that was left over from my other post! Go me!
I was thinking...I've heard some people talk about a fat tax, as in tax the bejeezus out of junk food and use the revenue to help subsidize produce and other healthy stuff. I'm not an economist or politician, but why not? If you can have a sin tax, why not a fat tax? It wouldn't be telling people to control portion size (like NY) or banning certain foods. Junk food companies could still make whatever they want however they want. People could still eat Little Debbies (yum).
It's just so ridiculous how expensive produce and meat and stuff are, especially if they're organic or "superfoods." Whenever I lived outside the US, I dropped weight in no time with little effort on my part. I think this is partly due to the fact that produce was more affordable, less junk food was available, and when it was available, the additives and sugar/salt content were significantly lower. Even in healthy foods, there weren't nearly as many preservatives.
Everyone here is afraid of carbs, too. When I was in China, I lived on an extremely high carb diet. White rice. Lots of noodles. Obviously veggies and meat, too, but the bulk of my meals were filler carbs like the rice and noodles. Oh, and booze. Alcohol was dirt cheap.
I don't think refined carbs are the problem so much as convenience. I dropped almost 30 pounds in 3 months because everything in Suzhou was really inconvenient even though it was nearby. There were no elevators (yes, I know some people NEED elevators, no, I'm not saying to get rid of them) and my dorm was on the top floor of a seven or eight story building. My classes were on the third to fifth floors about half a mile away. I had to walk EVERYWHERE. I don't really like living in the city, but I wish it were feasible to walk everywhere where I live now the way I did in China.