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01/16/2005

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John Lacona

Using taxes to fight obesity could work but only if targeted carefully. If you go to far you risk a backlash. For example, taxing movie tickets.

I exercise all the time, watch my diet, and I am not overweight. My body mass index is around 18. But I enjoy going to see a movie from time to time. I also enjoy sitting at the computer for an hour or two and I enjoy reading the newspaper. Why should I be penalized for doing such things? Why should I have to pay a price?

I think a better way would be to tax only those food items that have no food value whatsoever. For example, soft drinks, candy, white bread, pastry and other such items. Then use the tax revenue to educate people.

John

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