We’ve been hearing for decades about the epidemic of obesity sweeping throughout the world. Surprisingly, the countries with the highest ratio of obese children are those in development, as opposed to those already developed. But it would seem like something will finally be done about that, as several governments decided to raise sugar taxes to prevent obesity.
The increasing obesity problem
The obesity epidemic that started a few decades ago has only spread its reaches despite repeated efforts from experts in the field to slow down its progress. It has already led to a huge spike in diabetes cases, as well as in other related afflictions.
One of the biggest reasons behind why the obesity epidemic has spread so fast is the fact that sugary products are some of the most advertised products on the market. Sugary drinks especially are the main reason for worldwide child obesity, as well as for early on-set diabetes.
Sugar is very bad for your body, especially when in huge quantities. It can lead to very serious, life threatening conditions like cardiovascular problems, obesity, and of course diabetes. These are just a few of the many health problems that arise from too high a sugar intake.
Since one of the biggest reasons behind the obesity epidemic is that most people consuming those sugar oversaturated products don’t know about their ridiculously high sugar concentrations, a number of governments have decided to implement a sugar tax, and they did so with unexpected success.
The (in)famous sugar tax
The governments of several successful countries such as the Scandinavian countries, Belgium, and France have already adopted the tax, and are pretty happy with the results so far. Of course, major corporations responsible for delivering these very high sugar products to their populous aren’t agreeing with the states’ decisions.
Some of the main complaints coming from these major leaguers are that many people will lose their jobs (not really accurate), that the public will be angry with them instead of the government (they will most likely be angry with both), and that it will make more products unaffordable to the lower class.
Their main argument, however, is that no scientific study proves the efficiency of the sugar tax. Indeed, there are no scientific studies on the matter, but censuses from the countries that already adopted the tax are proof enough. That, plus the numerous studies showing how bad sugar is for you.
Now, that is the objective way to look at things. As for my personal opinion… No, of course I don’t to pay extra for soda and M&Ms.
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