So your argument is that fat people die faster than healthy people and thus healthy people are a bigger burden on the the healthcare industry?
Obese people get sick and go to the hospital because they are fat. Healthy people get sick and go to the hospital because disease is a natural occuring phenomena, even in healthy human beings. Obese people can lose weight and change their lifestyle, healthy people cannot do anything.
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Scales in the grass but the scales don't move right?
The problem with the whole issue of determining obesity is which system do you use? Are you going to have the government(and by government I mean citizens paying more taxes) for hydrostatic weighing to get the true measure of body composition, or use the cheap but terribly inaccurate BMI measurement and use that as the determination of your "tax bracket"? I have a feeling it would go by BMI, and probably BMI alone. And that would be bad for Germans, Polish, or Scandanavian people who are typically larger naturally.
But it would work out great for Asians.
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This is just one more divide.
Now the government is going to pit fat against skinny people.
While I don't favor a straight out tax on so-called fat foods because that penalizes everyone who consumes them, even in moderation, something needs to be done about the problem of obeisity. And while Dane seems to imply that it is an American problem, it isn't exclusively American. Yes, it is a terrible problem in the U.S., but it is also a growing problem in western Europe and developed areas of East Asia. It has already been noted that Japan is getting more draconian, preparing to fine companies who have employees who don't meet their criteria (criteria that many Westerners simply could not meet). However, a simple tax on these products is wrong-headed. Why should I pay such taxes? I do consume an occasional bag of chips and drink a can of soda and sometimes go to McDonald's with the kids, but there is no way anyone would ever accuse me (or my wife or either of my kids) of being overweight much less obese. This is like using a blunt hammer to try to thread a needle. It really is completely nonsensical...
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