Junk food cravings may become harder to afford if a new law is passed. Canadian researchers suggest a tax be placed on all junk food in an effort to curb the obesity epidemic that is gripping the country.
Lead researcher and author of the paper, Dr. Mark Eisenberg says obesity related deaths and illnesses can be reduced if the government steps in. Dr. Eisenberg and his co-authors listed out several ideas on how legislation can take control of the rising number of obese people. Obesity is frequently blamed for the number of Type 2 diabetes cases as well as an increase of people diagnosed with heart disease.
One of those suggestions was placing a tax on junk food. The idea behind the fat tax is to make junk food so expensive a person would opt for something else to spend their money on. Researchers and government officials realize the tax is a drastic measure and will be met with heavy disapproval, but say it is necessary.
The authors are asking the government to make neighborhoods safer to boost outside activities. A ban against trans-fats is also mentioned in the paper. The proposed actions mimic those currently being put into place in the United States and the UK.