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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    Thing is, we wouldn't be having this discussion if the government wasn't taking over every aspect of our lives.
    Already meddling into our weight and diet because they will be paying for it.
    Soon, they will be telling our kids and grandkids what they are going to be when they grow up. (doctors,nurses, probably) They'll be paying for the education so they will have every right to. I think that was the main purpose for taking over student loans.
    I saw an interesting documentary called King Korn. Two guys rent an acre of land in Iowa to raise a crop of corn. They procede to go through and detail the history of the current corn industry and they were surprised to find that at Iowa State University that their hair sample contained 90% corn in it. There is not a prepared food product out there on the market that does not contain high fructose corn syrup because the government in the 70's mandated that farmers should just grow corn and soybeans regardless of the market conditions. Another documentary I watched, I can't recall the name off-hand, showed the history of sugar eating in the US. Prior to the 1900's, people ate just two teaspoons of sugar a day, but now they're up to roughly a cup of sugar a day or more. The reason being is high fructose corn syrup in everything. People wonder why we're getting fat and it's because of the government mandating that farmers grow corn regardless of what the market says combined with the tariffs on natural sugar that most food manufacturers have switched to high fructose corn syrup since it was cheaper.

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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    Fat people have lots of health issues and thus they take more government services. The tax is obsolete in the United States because individuals pay for their insurance. The tax is logically sound in a country with a universal healthcare.
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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dane View Post
    Fat people have lots of health issues and thus they take more government services. The tax is obsolete in the United States because individuals pay for their insurance. The tax is logically sound in a country with a universal healthcare.
    I see just empty rhetoric with no proof to back it up. I posted up a report of a study that shows that healthy people use more health care then obese people.

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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    I saw an interesting documentary called King Korn. Two guys rent an acre of land in Iowa to raise a crop of corn. They procede to go through and detail the history of the current corn industry and they were surprised to find that at Iowa State University that their hair sample contained 90% corn in it. There is not a prepared food product out there on the market that does not contain high fructose corn syrup because the government in the 70's mandated that farmers should just grow corn and soybeans regardless of the market conditions. Another documentary I watched, I can't recall the name off-hand, showed the history of sugar eating in the US. Prior to the 1900's, people ate just two teaspoons of sugar a day, but now they're up to roughly a cup of sugar a day or more. The reason being is high fructose corn syrup in everything. People wonder why we're getting fat and it's because of the government mandating that farmers grow corn regardless of what the market says combined with the tariffs on natural sugar that most food manufacturers have switched to high fructose corn syrup since it was cheaper.
    You can make excuses for America being fat but the fact is that most of them have horrible diets and little to no exercise.
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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dane View Post
    You can make excuses for America being fat but the fact is that most of them have horrible diets and little to no exercise.
    Thank you for agreeing with me since that is exactly what I said. Why are you such a bigot against Americans?

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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    Thank you for agreeing with me since that is exactly what I said. Why are you such a bigot against Americans?
    Where in your post did you talk about little to no exercise or an awful diet? All you said was that there's more high fructose corn syrup?
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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    Quote Originally Posted by The Dane View Post
    Where in your post did you talk about little to no exercise or an awful diet? All you said was that there's more high fructose corn syrup?
    Try reading post #7 in this thread.

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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    I see just empty rhetoric with no proof to back it up. I posted up a report of a study that shows that healthy people use more health care then obese people.
    Obesity is associated with a 36 percent increase in inpatient and outpatient spending and a 77 percent increase in medications.
    The Effects Of Obesity, Smoking, And Drinking On Medical Problems And Costs -- Sturm 21 (2): 245 -- Health Affairs

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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    Try reading post #7 in this thread.
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    The funny thing is that it's the healthy people that end up using more health care money than fat people. Link Using that logic then healthy people should be paying more.
    Where in your post did you talk about little to no exercise or an awful diet? All you said was that there's more high fructose corn syrup?
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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    I never said they were. I pointed out that they were wrong with another study. The other study shows that by living longer healthier people use up more health care then obese people.

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