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Fat tax: Going too far?

Posted Monday, October 3, 2011, at 7:00 PM

Denmark is now imposing a "fat tax" of $2.90 per 2.2 pounds of saturated fat in some food products.

I agree that food manufacturers, and let's add restaurants to the mix, are going way too far in forcing fat on people. So many restaurant entrees contain over a day's worth of fat, calories and salt. And that's one item.

But is a law that, in effect, punishes people for what they eat going too far? I'd say so.

I can't see a law like that passing nationally in the United States; maybe locally in California or New York.

We are what we eat -- and it should be up to us to take that responsibility, not a government to force it on us.


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Unique-Lies,

I know one Indian(Native American) who won't be voting for the Pharaoh.

-- Posted by Wolf Clan on Thu, Oct 27, 2011, at 3:38 PM

Get use to it people.

Let's face it! While our Republicanots are arguing with each other over healthcare, borders, name on rock and jobs and 999, King Obama is campaigning to every group of Americans by color, race, creed, sex and religion.

Next he will be campaigning to the Indians, wait and see.

My point.... King Obama will be re-elected because the Good Old Party isn't smart enough to see what king Obama is doing.

They want the states, but Obama wants the different groups of people in the states that will make him king again.

May God bless our souls if the GOP doesn't wake up.

How many American Muslims do you think will vote for a republican?

How many Mexicans will vote for a Republican?

How many illegal aliens will vote for a Republican? And Yes these illegals will be voting!

How many Soldiers wives will be voting for A Republican when King Obama brings them home?

How many Union workers will vote for a Republican?

How many Road construction workers will vote for a Republican?

How many Jobless people will vote for a Republican?

ANSWER see page 2 or look here -> NONE! King Obama will be the last RE-ELECTED US President.

I knew Obama would be re-elected, I just didn't know HOW or WHY. Now I do! People are idiots and will vote him back in office to continue destroying our Country, our Rights and the People.

All King Obama has to do is declare all the Republican voters as Terrorists and take them out with drones and I for one wouldn't put that past him.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, Oct 11, 2011, at 11:33 AM

Why any normal and sane person would honestly wish government to be bigger instead of smaller is beyond all understanding.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Oct 9, 2011, at 7:34 PM

In my opinion, if the government is going to get involved in the fat issue, they should do an investigation on the effect the animals we eat is having on our weight problem. When I grew up, if you saw an obese person it was at the fair or carnival in a side show. Also at that time it took twice as long to get an animal large enough to eat as it does now.

-- Posted by Poksalad on Thu, Oct 6, 2011, at 11:01 AM

It's not like I didn't warn you guys about this sort of thinking....

http://www.t-g.com/story/1170655.html

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Wed, Oct 5, 2011, at 1:53 PM

I think that more people would choose healthier options when it comes to food, if the prices were lower. But people who have limited incomes cannot go out and buy a bag of oranges for $6+. Instead they may choose to purchase canned fruit which is loaded with sugar and syrup.

But there are ways to eat healthier by growing your own food or shopping at farmer's markets and such. But you HAVE to want to eat healthy to do it. But again, it is something to decide on a personal level and not a government level.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Tue, Oct 4, 2011, at 10:13 PM

They'll have to make distinctions re good fats and deal,in some fashion,with the amounts of salt,fats,sugar,nutrients,etc. in foods.

If we get a "stick" that penalizes the use of bad food,we need a bunch of "carrots" that encourage the use of safe,fresh,affordable,healthy,good-tasting and attractive edibles.

It's not enough to make bad choices illegal or expensive.

Those who profit from our mistakes are used to making our vices accessible and popular.

Rather than concentrating on discouraging what damages us,we need to do more to make it "cool",cheap,easy and enjoyable to include all the elements of a positive lifestyle.

Maybe,that's what the "sin tax" could help promote.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Oct 4, 2011, at 8:04 PM

Mr. Melson commented;

"But is a law that, in effect, punishes people for what they eat going too far? I'd say so."

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We have this type of law already in place for Tobacco, alcohol, firearms. etc.

They are commonly referred to as sin tax. Gluttony being one of the deadly sins.

The mentality that brought about these regulations is taking the next logical step with food. There has already even been an attempt at a breathing tax in the form of cap and trade for carbon dioxide offsets. Carbon dioxide being what we all exhale, will have to be taxed in order to punish the polluters(us).

This mentality should lead to the banning of spoons and forks. Like guns kill, spoons make people fat!! Gone too far? I should say so!!!

-- Posted by Liveforlight on Tue, Oct 4, 2011, at 12:56 PM

The Government can pass any laws it wants to according to the Constitution, (See Article I, Section 8, Cl. 18) but they would only apply to Citizens in Washington, DC and other Territories belonging to the Federal Government, unless these laws are in harmony with the US Constitution.

If we sit back and let Congress hand the United States over to the United Nations, well that will be another story.

The UN isn't under our US Constitution, but is bound by it if we know our rights and what we are doing.

If we let the UN control America, anything goes!!!!

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, Oct 4, 2011, at 11:47 AM

Oops, did not mean to do this twice.

-- Posted by cookie on Tue, Oct 4, 2011, at 10:29 AM

Food manufacturers and restaurants are not forcing fat on their customers. No person is forced to eat in that restaurant or to eat the fatty foods. That is a personsonal choice. Maybe that is not a good choice but still it is choice that we are allowed to make. I agree with David that it is not the government that should pass such laws. The government is involved too much in our personal lives, and it is only getting worse.

-- Posted by cookie on Tue, Oct 4, 2011, at 10:28 AM

Food manufacturers and restaurants are not forcing fat on their customers. No person is forced to eat in that restaurant or to eat the fatty foods. That is a personsonal choice. Maybe that is not a good choice but still it is choice that we are allowed to make. I agree with David that it is not the government that should pass such laws. The government is involved too much in our personal lives, and it is only getting worse.

-- Posted by cookie on Tue, Oct 4, 2011, at 10:28 AM

I don't think that the law would work here in the US because then that would punish almost all food companies and products in the grocery store. Plus, I don't need the government to try and control what I am allowed or not to eat. That is a personal responsibility not a government issue. But as QuietMike pointed out, it would not surprise me at all, that when the ObamaCare takes place that they will require certain restrictions to try and lower everyone's weight.

But if someone wants to weigh 600lbs, then they are going to do it, no matter what fines, or tax is added to food. The twinkies, sugary drinks, and sweets will still sell no matter what the price is.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Tue, Oct 4, 2011, at 10:13 AM

Unintended consequences. If government is going to provide everyone's healthcare, they are going to try to reduce that cost. It will happen here eventually.

-- Posted by quietmike on Tue, Oct 4, 2011, at 4:48 AM

I suggest the law only apply to US congress persons and US senators who have been in office more than 6 years. They are about the size of a middle aged hog that gets free meals like they do.

-- Posted by Grits on Mon, Oct 3, 2011, at 8:58 PM

Yes, I agree. What you eat should be personal responsibility. I am getting tired of the government telling me everything I HAVE to do. There is a big difference between educating people on proper diets and what is good for them and insisting on them eating a proper diet by fining them legally.

-- Posted by Sharon22 on Mon, Oct 3, 2011, at 8:41 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.