Originally posted by bandaidwoman
I'm all for it, but if we really want to look at the cause of obesity in this country, it's not the junk food intake (we actually consume less fat as a whole than other thinner countries) it is our inactivity.
The latter is due to the fact that we are a culture enslaved by the automobile. If there is to be a tax, it should be a higher tax on gas. Countries where gas is 8.00 dollars a gallon, people aren't going to be driving three blocks to pick up a gallon of milk. They walk or bike or take the metro. The french have a far richer diet (wines, cheeses, croissants etc.) yet they are overall much thinner than us.
A society less dependant on cars is a society that incorporates excercise into daily activities rather than forcing the issue of finding the time and discipline that alot of people don't have.
Americans are not "lazier" because we are the fattest industrialized nation (I contend we work harder than anyone) but because we don't have a culture conducive to incoorporating excercise for our average citizen. Of course, to tax gas would put hardship on everyone, and would involve changing the infrastructue (ie: more mass transit and decent bike lanes) so it might just be easier to tax junk food. However, if we tax junk food, we will probably hurt the providers of the raw materials, ie: farmers and I have less sympathy for the oil conglomerates.