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

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    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...
    You raise some good points and from what I have seen in this thread, you're the first to mention the taxation of the junk food rather than the individual. Being part of a universal system, that was my first inclination. Canada has long overtaxed cigarettes, which IMO is a good thing, and does not affect those who choose not to smoke. However, most of us partake in junk food from time-to-time, so a junk food tax would be unfair to those who take care of themselves. Having said that, I would be for it, despite the unfairness. It's all for the greater good, IMO. So if I have to pay an extra quarter for a Coke, so be it.
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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

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    This is the last part of your article you just accidently left out.
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    Re: Overweight people should pay 'fat tax' to cover healthcare costs, German MP says

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    You raise some good points and from what I have seen in this thread, you're the first to mention the taxation of the junk food rather than the individual. Being part of a universal system, that was my first inclination. Canada has long overtaxed cigarettes, which IMO is a good thing, and does not affect those who choose not to smoke. However, most of us partake in junk food from time-to-time, so a junk food tax would be unfair to those who take care of themselves. Having said that, I would be for it, despite the unfairness. It's all for the greater good, IMO. So if I have to pay an extra quarter for a Coke, so be it.
    I agree with you on the cigarettes, but tobacco in moderation has known adverse health effects -- besides, how many moderate smokers do you know?
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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 put a burden on the health care industry. Germans are smart, that's why most of them support the law, and why their government is willing to put it in to practice. Americans are fat and usually stupid.
    We need to cut down on the danish pastries. We should only tax people who eat those as a test before we get all stupid and tax overweight people. Can you imagine the wrath from a large group of large people that have had some of their food taken away? Hell hath no comparable fury.

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