By Geraldine Carrillo |Staff Writer|
Government control has been far too expensive and now they want to control how we eat by implementing something called “fat taxes.”
These taxes will charge a higher rate on fast food and un-nutritional food that we consume and consider cheap.
Obesity is costing the government billions of dollars, but is it fair that the government is invading personal choices of citizens?
Government should not limit our personal choices, it should be up to the individual to have the responsibility of choosing healthy foods vs. fast foods.
“There is no reason why the government should charge us more on fast food, it’s a personal choice, if I want to get a burger when I crave one (which is rare) I should be able to at a set price. It’s insane that I would have to pay more!” stated student, Alvaro Lopez.
The government’s way to charge an extra tax on fast food makes it seem as if everyone were to be obese, which is not the case at all .
Not everyone decides to grab McDonald’s everyday—this is considered a personal choice.
Personal choices should be considered than a more expensive choice, the fact that the government would apply a tax for anyone consuming fast food is an insane idea.
“Many people already believe that the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture have too much say in to the food market in the United States and only serve to drive up costs and push down the qualities of food available,” according to Professorshouse.com.
The government does not need to regulate intake of foods since the FDA already does that.
“The FDA already provides us with calories, fats, sugars, etc. In everything we consume here in the United States, it wouldn’t be fair that on top of that, the government wants to charge me for something I’m already conscious of,” stated student, Denise Delgado.
This is just another form of the government wanting to collect a tax from average citizens.
“The primary concern for health should start in our own home teaching our children how we eat. If we keep waiting to teach our kids, I wouldn’t be surprised if these “fat taxes” occur,” stated Student Karla Maldonado
Whether we agree on having the government control what we eat or not, providing education on health and diet from the primary source, home, can make these personal choices of in taking healthier foods more common.
“Each of us is responsible for the foods and drinks that we consume. Each of us is in control of the choices we make for our children, and each of us is responsible for our own health and well-being,” continued Professorshouse.com.
Overall, I believe it is the choice of each individual to choose what they would like to eat, and the taxes charged on food that are considered “unhealthy.”