What do you think: A Tax on Obesity?
Here’s something interesting…
The German government is considering placing a tax on obesity. The German health system is funded by national health insurance funds. Politicians backing the tax are saying that the spending — billions of dollars — that the government shells out for obesity-related expenses is unfair and cannot be sustained much longer.
One article from Reuters quotes a member of German parliament as saying the purpose of the tax would make people “financially accountable” for their weight.
What do you think about this issue? Post your opinion in the comments section.
August 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm(3) Brandy Combs says:
I can see both sides of the issue. Being overweight can cause many health issues, which leads to a less productive society. Sometimes I wish the U.S. could be more progressive… but, opponents of such a decision would howl to the heavens, lead protests, and sue the government and everyone involved.
At the same time, I am not comfortable with my weight. I am getting there. I’ve completely changed the way I eat. I lost 12 pounds with a program by Miranda Jenkins (it was cheap and effective), and then lost a lot more by invorporating excercise and healthy eating into my life.
August 13, 2010 at 7:22 am(4) jean says:
I weighed 122 lbs, because I am on insulin for diabetes, I have gained up to 152 lbs.
This is no fault of mine, I watch what I eat. My Grandmother and my Mother had diabetes, and they were small women.
So, I think this would be unfair for people who have no control over the situation.
I recently heard that 1/3 of the US’s population is technically in the BMI range to be considered obese. Sure we could tax this, but wouldn’t it be better to treat the problem rather then punish it?