Once again, I return with another controversial thread that will more than likely be faced with the trash bin. The best way to solve the debt crisis
in the United States would be to initiate a "fat tax".
The reason for this specifically is because approximately 35.7% of Americans are obese, and 30% are overweight. There is an easy and simple way to
solve this problem on both ends. Some may argue that eating healthy and fresh is too expensive for most people. Consider this, most of these people
have flat screen televisions, video game consoles, watch movies on a regular basis and consume a large quantity of processed foods.
The solution to this of course is to give people incentives to be fit, and we can start this by initiating a weight tax.
Example A: If you weigh a certain amount when you file your annual income tax, then you are penalized based on your weight, BMI, or cholesterol rates.
This can be obtained by a physical right before your tax return.
Example B: Impose an extra tax on all fast foods that are not vegan or health conscious. Whether it be A&W or Jack in the Box. This would be a tax
that is higher than just the federal and state tax that would make it almost impossible to afford these things.
Example C: Give healthy and fit people incentives, tax breaks, tax credits, or scholarships or bursaries for being in shape. This will motivate
people to get in shape to earn these rewards and they will feel better by being fit.
Example D: If you work for a large corporation, make gym memberships be a part of your benefits. Reason being is because the more people who would
end up using these facilities and creating partnerships with companies and gyms would boost the profits and sales of the gyms and make people
healthier and happier as well.
I understand a lot of people will also claim that being fat or overweight is a genetic condition in some cases, but I personally have many overweight
people in my family, and my doctor told me earlier in my life that I would probably be overweight. Not only have I never been overweight (due to my
hard work and efforts) but I have not been sick since I was about 15 years old. (Not counting my car accident and getting hit by a car leading to
Being overweight has also been proven to cause cancer in some situations, and by eating healthy and keeping in shape, your odds of beating the disease
are better. For those who are going to criticize me for bringing cancer into this, someone very very dear to me defeated cancer after being in stage 3
all by changing her diet, exercise regimen, and overall look on life with no medication whatsoever.
The goal of this thread is to gain opinions from others and to see exactly what other people think with regards to this matter.