With childhood and adult obesity rates on the rise, a lot of politicians and pundits are proposing plans to help our nation drop some pounds. Some…

With childhood and adult obesity rates on the rise, a lot of politicians and pundits are proposing plans to help our nation drop some pounds. Some people think that the government should place taxes on unhealthy foods, while reducing the price of healthy foods through subsidies. The idea is that making junk food more expensive would discourage people from buying it. While this could encourage healthy food habits for certain people, it would do little to help those who live in so-called food deserts, where healthy food isn’t even available, much less affordable. Some proponents of a tax on junk foods, like soda, say that the government artificially lowers their prices because they subsidize corn, which is omnipresent in snack foods. Thus, they say, a tax would reverse the government’s practice of encouraging unhealthy choices. Whether or not this will happen remains to be seen, but taxing and subsidizing choices are only a part of the obesity issue. Much more will need to be done to give everyone access to healthy choices.
– Will

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