I was talking to a work colleague recently who is a bit of a health nut, so needless to say chowing down on “tandoori doroitos” during our converstaion was no small feat.
We got talking about the prices of fresh produce verus the prices of junk food and fast food.
I turned to her, with a half eaten dorioto in my mouth, and said “No wonder we’re all so fat” – she gave me a dirty look, sitting smug in her tiny svelte little body. Gawd, she makes me laugh! Love her to death!
But the point is valid, would North Americans be even half as fat as they are if a salad and fresh bowl of fruit was cheaper than that bag of chips?
To be fair to the growers of fresh produce, its probably priced right. Its the cheap prices of junk and fast food that kills us.
What if there was a “crap food tax”. This could also be put on other vices such as a “nicotine tax” or even a “booze tax” .
With health problems associated to obsesity, smoking and drinking – why shouldn’t these people who partake in those vices be taxed to the hilt to have them? That money can be put to public health services for those people who will envenitably require them.
I think about my own poor decision associated to food, and perhaps if the temptations weren’t so affordable and cheap – then maybe I’d be more inclined to eat better.
What do you think?