Did anyone see this programme on More4? It's about the idea that fat people cost the economy nearly £3billion a year by loss of earnings, disability claims, and increased NHS costs. The presenter was trying to encourage the idea that fat people should be taxed an extra 1% for every BMI point over 30 (the threshold for obesity), eg a BMI of 34 pays an extra 4% of tax.
He certainly put together a better argument in favour of the tax than the fat people could against it, really all they had to say was that it is not their fault that they are fat. What do you guys think about it?
I don't know, it seems a little fascist! Maybe taxing products that contribute to obesity in order to discourage people buying them eg fast food would be a better idea?
what about the people who are over-weight and work all their lifes and the people who are slim and don't, i might be wrong but wouldn't that mean that fat people that work get taxed extra for people that don't, just beacuse they are overweight??
How about we don't tax anyone.
People are fat for one of two reasons - normally a combination of both - they eat too much and don't get enough exercise. Simple math - Calories in > Calories out = fat.
So how about taxing video games, TV's, and all the other gizmos that encourage people to sit around doing nothing all day?
How about reducing pub opening hours - boozing is about the most fattenning activity anyone can involve themselves in.
How about stopping the disgraceful act of selling off school sports fields to housing developers and making PE feature more heavily on the curriculum?
We need a complete change of mindset - taxing fatty foods by itself (asides from hitting the poor hardest) is disingeneous - we need to become a sporting nation that values activity over passivity.
I think it would work as quite a good deterrent to stop people getting overweight in the first place? People who get fat through being lazy and eating junk food and then have a lot of expensive health problems as a result, are the problem here. And I have to admit they annoy me! There needs to be something to put them off doing it, I don't think a slight increase in tax would necessarily be so terrible?
May I just add: Some people are overweight due to a health condition or genetic defect. They shouldn't be taxed extra because it isn't their fault; many physically cannot lose the weight.
Hey, Howard, I know there are a lot of people who want to get active but can't find the motivation. Oddly, the initial motivation is often there - they may buy some new trainers, but they'll never get out of the door with them on for long.
Here's my solution: They hand over a few hundred quid as a deposit and sign a dotted line, they then only get the cash back if they attend council-run sporting or running sessions for six weeks. It takes advantage of the initial drive people have and gives them an incentive to follow things through to the end. The money that never gets reclaimed can be shared out to those who manage to complete the program.
This probably won't exactly help the badly obese who can't run and those who are happy to be fat, but it's a start if we really want a fitter nation.
Its abit against rights isnt it, surely everyone deserves tobe treated equally.
Although in a way u can kinda of see where ur coming from!
but we shud jst increase tax on fast food, etc etc
its a tricky subject.