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    Should there be a tax on fast food?

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  • Eric Rosario

    Exercise Physiologist

    Master of Applied Science by Research into the Effects of Strength Training on Postmenopausal women. I have been involved in strength training for 67 years … View Profile

    I feel that it is more important to alter peoples lifestyle. If the price of fast food is increased, it is also very important to make accesss to gymnasiums easier and cheaper. Above all lifestyle education is most important.

  • Arlene is a registered practising dietitian, with a private practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, and has built a strong business over the last … View Profile

    This is a very controversial topic. I can only give my opinion which is not exactly objective. Yes I do think that the government needs to stop paying attention to all the food lobbyists and do what is right for the people. Cheap fast food and many unhealthy foods that contain unhealthy products are subsidized by the government. The government needs to make healthy fruits and vegetables cheaper so that the average person can afford to spend their money purchasing real food instead of food that will ultimately lead them to obesity and a life on medication.  I believe in a “Sin tax” which is already widely applied to many substances, such as alcohol and tobacco. Food containing absolutely no nutritional value, or food that is quantifiably unhealthy, should also be subject to these taxes. By making the unhealthy food more expensive, healthy food will be cheaper in comparison, which would result in more people choosing more healthy food options.

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