Now we have to scratch our head and think….fat people are the new smokers?
Obesity isn’t the best thing in this world. It effects people very differently, some become depressed, some do something about it and crash diet – others tax you because you’re fat. Should we call obese people fat? Is that the PC way that we should refer to them? Dunno, but it is still a fat-tax, no matter which way you look at it.
Why I had a problem with the title was because of Vigomonkey – she is a great blogger and basically doesn’t like Americaphobes – which I can understand – it isn’t nice being hated because you are one nationality rather than another – look at me, I’m English – everyone hates the English!
But here, Gov. David Paterson, of NY tells us why he believes a fat-tax is a good thing. I must admit I did laugh because there is this terrible stereotype that Americans are fat – it isn’t the case but I think you will get what I mean.
ALBANY, New York (CNN) — Like many New Yorkers, I remember a time when nearly everyone smoked. In 1950, Collier’s reported that more than three-quarters of adult men smoked. This epidemic had a devastating and long-lasting impact on public health.
Today, we find ourselves in the midst of a new public health epidemic: childhood obesity.
Is it an epidemic in the US? Is it right to equate obesity to smoking?
Gov. Paterson obviously agrees.
What smoking was to my parents’ generation, obesity is to my children’s generation. Nearly one out of every four New Yorkers under the age of 18 is obese. In many high-poverty areas, the rate is closer to one out of three.
That is why, in the state budget I presented last Tuesday, I proposed a tax on sugared beverages like soda.
So, I would presume that all those pop-vending machines will be pulled out of schools and public places? I do hope so or the reason for this tax falls flat on its face.
You can’t say you’re doing something while ‘Thinking of the children’ if you don’t follow it through with the removal of them, especially after saying it is an epidemic much like smoking was – you can’t smoke in public places, bars, etc. So I would now presume that pop will be on the Politically Correct bandwagon and it will be banned in all these places.
How will Coke and Pepsi get along with all that?
Or, do we look at it as I suspect that this tax really is – that it is a matter, while saying that being obese needs to be tackled, the State of NY is just taxing an easy target to get the revenue up?
We will have to wait and see, eh?
We must never stigmatize children who are overweight or obese. Yet, for the sake of our children’s health, we have an obligation to address this crisis. I believe we can ultimately curb the obesity epidemic the same way we curbed smoking: through smart public policy.
Nothing like letting the world know you are taxing pop to keep the stigmatism away.
I understand that New Yorkers may not like paying a surcharge for their favorite drinks. But surely it’s a small price to pay for our children’s health.
Nope, nowhere in his statement is there any voice to banning pop in public places!
Ah well. As long as it’s good for the children.