Is it Groundhog Day? Because here we go again …
The Senate committee on social affairs, science and technology released a report yesterday called Obesity in Canada. It recommends taxing sugary drinks, implementing government subsidies on healthy food and overhauling Canada’s Food Guide.
So I say, why stop there? Why not just tax the crap out of everything! I wrote the piece below a few years back – one of the many times this fat tax suggestion was made. (And yes, it’s tongue in cheek.) I’d love to hear what you have to say about this after 1pm: 204.780.6868.
In an effort to curb an obesity epidemic that’s eating the country, Canadian researchers suggest a tax be placed on all junk food. Dr. Mark Eisenberg is lead researcher in the junk study and says obesity related deaths and illnesses could be reduced if the government steps in.
Chips, chocolate, cakes, cookies – they want them all taxed. But why stop there?
You know what else should be taxed? White bread, white rice, white pasta, refined sugars, instant artificially-flavoured oatmeal, ready-made soups and sauces …
Junk. Garbage. They all have little to no nutritional value, and what little value they may have is negated by their over-processed properties.
And if we’re taxing things that lead to obesity related deaths and illness, that is just the tip of the taxberg.
As a certified personal trainer and nutrition and wellness specialist, I think we should add a LAZY TAX to all factors that contribute to obesity. Here are some of my recommendations: <read more here>