The accumulation of excess fats in the body due to consumption of food stuffs with a lot of fats leads to a medical condition known as obesity. Fats arising due obesity have very adverse effects to ones health and reduces the life expectancy of individuals suffering from the condition. This medical condition is also closely associated with a variety of diseases such as diabetes of type two, heart diseases, and difficulties in breathing especially when one is asleep.
Obesity is also known to cause other diseases such as osteoarthritis and cancer which are known to claim several lives every year. Obesity is mainly caused by consumption of too many dietary calories and failure by an individual to engage in physical activities which would enable them to reduce the amount of body fats accumulated in their bodies. It can also be genetic but this is a factor that is not responsible for many obesity cases and it is in fact insignificant as far as causes of obesity are concerned (Crawford & Jeffery, 2005).
Appropriate measure to reduce obesity It is therefore very possible to reduce cases obesity within any given population by promoting good eating behaviors among people. This will significantly reduce the consequences being witnessed as a result of increased cases of obesity. If obesity cases are reduced a lot of money that is spent in the health care facilities in order to treat obesity and other obesity related illnesses will be significantly reduced and thus the financial burden that is accompanies such treatments will decrease.
The very fact the vast causes of obesity are highly preventable especially by ensuring that people adopt suitable eating habits that will not put the at the risk of suffering from obesity, has made several arguments to be put forward on the best method to be adopted which will effectively and efficiently solve the problem once and for all. The best proposed method in solving the problem of obesity is imposing tax duty on all the food stuffs which are responsible of causing obesity.
This will have the effect of reducing demand on such food stuffs and thus less people will consume them. Hence obesity cases will decrease; the health care authorities will simply be left to solve a minor problem of obesity caused by genetic factors psychiatric illnesses and other medical reasons (Kumanyika, & Brownson, 2007). Arguments for punitive taxes reducing obesity cases The government has a significant role to play in ensuring that the food that is provided in the markets is free from excessive caloric content.
This will enable the people to acquire food from the market that does not increase their risk of suffering from obesity. Any government that is legitimate has the right to intervene incase the health of its citizens is being jeopardized in any way. In order to reduce instances of obesity in the country a government can effectively do so by introducing a punitive tax on food stuffs which are responsible of causing obesity and thus discourage people from consuming such food stuffs.
By increasing taxes of junk food the industries in the food sector fond of processing junk food will be discouraged and thus some will be forced to close shop or to process foods that contain the right quantities of calories. The government can also opt to providing the food industries which are not processing junk food with a variety of subsidies which will in turn reduce their costs of operating and thus make the non junk food less expensive as compared to the junk food (Crawford & Jeffery, 2005).
In virtually all areas that government have intervened in order to discourage the consumption of certain products in the market, it has succeeded relatively well. Intervention by the government in such areas such as mandated provision of chlorinated water, vaccinations and other similar actions have been very successful in ensuring that diseases which are infectious are highly reduced. Thus the government can use the same principles by imposing a mandatory punitive tax which will obviously reduce the burden of obesity arising as a result of consumption of junk food (Kumanyika, & Brownson, 2007).