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United Nations Supports Junk Food Tax

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The United Nations in the past has been mostly concerned with the distribution of food to where there is starvation and famine. Now, the UN is supporting a junk food tax that could effect those countries where food is in abundance. Here in the US, obesity rates are skyrocketing as well as the health risks associated with eating foods that are high in saturated fats, sugar, sodium, and trans-fatty acids. But the US is not alone. A report by Oliver de Schutter shows that over one billion people are obese or over weight.

The report suggests that governments should regulate the making of and advertisements for unhealthy food. Oh and there the matter of a ten percent tax on foods high in sodium, trans-fats, and sugar like that soda you just drank.

Denmark has already adopted a “fat tax.” The tax will be added to too foods high in saturated fats like cheese, milk, and butter.

Lets hope it doesn’t come to this here…oh wait! USA Today reported just last month that Mars, the candy company that makes M&M’s, Twix, and Snickers, just to name a few, recently announced that by the end of the year it will cease make chocolate products that contain more than 250 calories.

A junk food tax might not be too far in the future after all.

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