Alright then, problem magically solved once the tax is in effect huh? Tax people who don't exercise, check gym memberships and attendance and check on if they are biking or walking or jogging or swimming, etc. Tax those who won't/don't eat right or have no idea what really eating right means. It isn't as easy as one might think, you need to become savvy to read labels and rise about the constant bombarment of advertising and clever marketing and inferior products filled with hidden artificial this and that and corn syrup, and other unnesscary crap. I spend a lot of time educating others in my line of work about the products they mindlessly buy, thinking they are good for them, but they couldn't be more wrong.
Tax those who have genetic problems, and who might have a bigger build and be classified as overweight, when really they are not, but if you just looked at one number, they would be. Tax those with mental problems that make it even harder for them to do what they are "suppose to do" so they don't get fat.
Only look at one number, then tax 'em huh?
No matter if some have better metabolisms and only have to exercise 5 minutes a month, or if some to have the same body weight have to exercise 45 minutes 6 days a week. They must be better than the fat and do what they have to do. Some must keep themselves very hungry at all times to avoid the tax, constantly feel their tummy rumble, as some people maybe don't have the energy to exercise as much as they need to, even on a great diet. Do you know how many people have energy problems that can be closely linked to health problems, for instance chronic fatigue syndrome, or cancer, or other problems. Exercise is so healthy and good and gives normal people more energy, but for many it can be such a struggle and difficult to find enjoyable things. Or maybe they have a physical condition which prohibits exercise? For many, eating better isn't an instant fix either as they tend to overeat whatever they eat to feel full. Those types must measure everything out. Women lose at this as they are genetically prone to gain and keep weight more than men.
I have the body type where I MUST exercise several times a week to keep in shape, even though my diet is perfect and has been for years, I am very healthy and don't overeat. I am female, my body gets all it can out of every calorie. Which was cool back 100's of years ago when food wasn't in abundance and we didn't have to work insanely long hours just to sleep in a house at night and didn't have to drive to get to where we needed to go and we nursed children and lived through very hard cold times, and worked for our food, worked to grow, hunt, and prepare it, exercise was built into our day, instead of something we had to work hard and deliberately to build in weekly. Now it is just annoying, getting the max of out every calorie
My husband and my dad have always been skinny and healthy, regardless of diet or exercise. Lucky them!
We tax smokers, we tax alcohol. Bottom line, taxing it doesn't fix the problem. There is no quick fix for such problems.
Obesity is far more complex than just eating and not exercising enough. Sure, losing weight is an easy formula for most, eat less bad food, eat less period, move more. But once again, the poor would be taxed as they have less access to health care, safe places to exercise, and availability of fresh whole foods, or the means to store those foods and education or means/pans and/or grill, oven, etc. to prepare the foods. Most of the crappy food also costs less unless you are really food savvy and know how to make eating healthy work on a budget. It isn't easy. And what about those who are house bound and/or can't make it to a decent grocery store. For some, it is a real problem.
Did anyone catch the recent article, in TIME, talking about how complex obesity is and how your race, economic status, and other important demographics like where you live come into play?