TAXING FAT PEOPLE: WILL IT CURE OBESITY? – According to experts we Brits are becoming a nation of ‘fatties’; that is we’re experiencing an obesity epidemic that reflects the issues people have in the United States.
There is no question as to the health issues for carrying too much weight as doing so simply puts an enormous strain on our hearts and other vital organs.
We all know we need more exercise but few of us have the time. At nearly 50 years old I now spend a minimum of 14 hours a day sitting in front of a computer screen writing articles in order to make ends meet. There are millions of people like me and whilst we know that such a lifestyle involving all work and no play is unhealthy we have little or no choice.
Yes, I’m sure you would like four holiday’s a year in a warmer climate but unfortunately you and I do not have the luxury of being over paid by the taxpayer and being called ‘Prime Minister’.
According to a recent study the consumption of soft drinks, with their high levels of sugar, is part of the problem and that some 285,000 people could be helped in losing weight if the Government were to levy a 20% tax on such items.
Call me an old cynic but there’s nothing like scaring the bejesus out of people in order to get them to cough up more taxes.
We all know the dire straits that the British Treasury is in and therefore this might be just another ruse to introduce yet another stealth tax.
We already have many products, such as cigarettes, which are taxed to the hilt in order to rake in tax revenue and all under the guise of trying to help us become healthier by giving up such consumption that is detrimental to our health.
The study suggested that the Government could raise approximately £276 million a year through such a tax and that this could be used to help the NHS to treat those suffering from obesity.
The truth is that any tax raised by the Government would only be used to pay the interest on the vast national debt Britain has accumulated; now standing at approximately £1.4 trillion or 508% of GDP.
Those in favour of the tax (that’ll be Government Minister’s and MPs) state that such a tax would help tackle obesity, diabetes and even tooth decay.
So what’s the impact of such a tax? Would it really prevent people from consuming soft drinks? Again the study suggests that such a tax would reduce obesity by 1.3 per cent; that’s approximately 180,000 people and those who are overweight, but not clinically obese, by 285,000 people or 0.9 per cent.
The issue here is that the taxpayer is already subject to so much tax there is little left to put food on the table; add to this the increasing austerity measures and some are finding it increasingly difficult to survive.
Look carefully at the increasing number of news articles relating to the rise of Pay Day Loans and their exorbitant interest rates – such a rise is directly related to the fact people don’t have sufficient funds to sustain themselves and are therefore forced into borrowing.
It may be viewed as commendable that the Government has our health in mind but I doubt very much if this is actually the case – it’s more likely the Government will continue to find new ways to squeeze the taxpayer in order to keep this country from sinking under the weight of its growing debt.
If Government is really that concerned about our health then why not force manufacturers to reduce the sugar level content in their drinks – surely this would save the manufacturer money through such a reduction.
Right now the Government is lining up the experts in order to convince the public that a tax is essential in order to reduce obesity and other health issues associated with consuming soft drinks.
This will almost certainly result in yet another stealth tax that will have little or no impact on the nation’s health.
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