I’ve had a really busy week last week training clients straight back from Tenerife, but managed to get to watch Panorama from last Monday. The subject? TAX THE FAT.
Lead to this??????
The idea was that adding tax to high fat and sugar foods would discourage many of us from eating them – and thus making us healthier as a nation. After all – we are getting bigger (Heres the NHS report on my media page). Recently, I was featured on a local Radio station – because statistics had come out that people in East Yorkshire were one of the least active people in the UK.
The idea came about due to high taxes on cigarettes leading to reduced sales – and a reduction in the number of lung cancer cases. (You could argue this may well be due to the public smoking ban……. after all – smoking is seen by my smoking friends as a social thing).
It does seem like a good plan, if the profits generated lead to healthier food being made cheaper……………I would love to be able to eat healthy for less! But like my cat Max below, I am sat on the fence………and I would like to know where you stand on this subject.
Just like Max – I too am unsure of the next right move . . .
I myself, think this is NOT THE TRUE SOLUTION…………………as clearly the wealthier will hardly be affected………………..when it is the poorer that spend a greater percentage of their income on food already. I think that people, if they can’t afford chocolate, cakes etc…………… may think “Well I cant afford it…..so Im going to miss dinner so I can have chocolate…………………or I will not buy that meat and vegatables and buy more chocolate as I want it more!”
However, I do think something needs to be done……….and some people need to look at what they are putting into their bodies.
After all a wise man once said:
“You dig your grave with your teeth”
One way to avoid this? Don’t eat s**t every day and maybe brush your teeth regularly.
Anyway, What I want to know is WHAT DO YOU THINK? Do you think an increase in the cost of high fat/high sugar food would help? Do you think that healthy food should be subsidised? Do you think it’s a bad idea and that people simply need to cut dowm themselves – and can do it – by themselves?
I WANT TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS!
Until til next time……Have a good week.
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