Reducing Consumption Of Junk Food Essay

1430 Words Jul 20th, 2015 6 Pages
To implement a tax or subsidy on junk foods/beverages, a junk food and beverage needs to be defined for purposes of targeting(4). A junk food is anything other than whole foods, processed with additives, coloring, gmo’s, and preservatives, ect… (4) Simply, they are foods high in saturated fat, sugar, and processed ingredients.(4)(2) The same goes for beverages. The debate is whether reducing consumption of junk food will decrease the obesity epidemic, and health related issues relative to junk foods, and increase whole food consumption. (1) “For instance, consumption patterns suggest that taxing saturated fat would induce consumers to increase their salt intake, thereby putting themselves at greater risk for cardiovascular death.” Taxation of sodium has been proposed as a way of reducing salt intake and resulting health problems.‪ “ (1) Other taxation focuses on sugar sweetened carbonated drinks for the same theoretical efforts. (2) A food tax on junk foods is a tax or surcharge placed on all foods, beverages categorized as “junk” following criteria as mentioned earlier. Again, the tax hopes aims to discourage unhealthy diets ultimately offsetting the economic obesity costs. There are advantages and disadvantages of implementing a junk food tax as an intervention to counter increasing obesity, and increase whole food consumption. “Economists support food taxes as they suggest they can force individuals to change their eating behavior and make the agro-food industry think…

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