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Chellie Agnese

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The New Zealand government is planning to impose the fat tax on food. Do you agree or disagree for this issue?

The government is planning to put a tax on unhealthy food to encourage many people on choosing healthier foods and by increase their life expectancy. Moreover, if the government impose it many people have to spend less for their medication treatment. However, if it is impose many people will get confuse which one deserve to be fat taxes and which is not. Many foods could lead to obesity if it is adequately consume for example cheese has a high content of fat. Furthermore, will it be against to the freedom of everyone.
What do you think?

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    Aug 15 2013: Hi Chellie, Take the time to watch this youtube video lecture. It'll set you right on what make people fat (and it's not eating fat)

    http://youtu.be/dBnniua6-oM via @youtube
  • Aug 15 2013: The problems of being fat or obese are not due to only the food with "fat", it also including intake of carbohydrate contained in food. The latter consists of all grains and other starchy food and sweets. So the government can't tax all the food containing carbohydrate because people .rich or poor, can't survive without them. That's why even most the states in the U. S. collect sales taxes on consumable goods but with the exception of food staples. Also, most of the grain foods contain vegetable oil; such as soybean, olive, peanuts or even corn. A better way to control obesity is to reduce amount of food intake that is hard to be mandated by the government. There are examples of government intervention such as to limit the size of sugary soft drinks in the CITY OF NEW YORK, but I haven't seen any beneficial result from such HALF MEASURE BY THE GOVERNMENT yet.
    • Aug 16 2013: I agree with you. So, the US collect sales taxes consumable goods does it benefits the residence? If they taxes all the food there might be a decrease in the business economy. How does it helps the people?
      • Aug 16 2013: The government charge sales taxes on "consumables" like paper napkins, stationary, cosmetics, etc. but no taxes on raw food, such as grains, fruits and vegetables, so that poor people don't have the tax burden on their essential spending on their surviving necessity.
  • Aug 20 2013: So depending on the prevailing scientific wind, butter is better for you, then it's margarine. Should be fun seeing the taxes change depending on what evidence is presented. Will you get a discount if you have a high metabolic rate? Will there be census type weigh in's? Why do the government care that you have a long life expectancy, what's in it for them?

    Philip Morris, the tobacco company once presented the case for smoking to a government calculating the actual numbers. In that most smokers die sooner thus saving the state money by early mortality, while during their life positively contributing to the state by paying vat/tax on cigarettes, whereas the people who live to 90-100 actually cost the state and taxpayers more in medical and social expenses and state pensions.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2001/BUSINESS/07/16/czech.morris/study.doc

    and the study undertaken at "the National bureau of Economic Research...... http://www.nber.org/papers/w4891

    You really should send these in to the government there, if only to put the cat amongst the pigeons, and show them the folly and joys of rational thinking - so to speak.
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    Aug 16 2013: Well, they are taking everything else, so why not fat?
    I hope they will tax stress as well.
  • Aug 15 2013: Maybe the New Zealand government cares more about its people than we do. Fat goes to fat but we Americans were replaced by the Mexicans as the chubbiest of all. I am sure that will not stand. Mirror Mirror on the wall who is the fattest ones of all.
    • Aug 16 2013: I agree with you. but, how could the New Zealand government cares more about their people? If they put the fat tax on food. How could the people who were unemployed and earn less afford the food they want?
      • Aug 17 2013: That may well be true But I am an American Whatg do i know about New Zealand? I was hoping for the best. We have business people here who care about no one else.
  • Aug 15 2013: I know in the US we tax tobacco, hence there is a precedence.