Some think that governments should tax unhealthy foods to encourage people to eat healthier. To what extent do you agree or disagree.

Sep

8

2020

Notable number of people believes that application of tax on unhealthy food would motivate the healthy eating habits.This essay disagrees to this almost entirely and will discuss;Firstly,how some people are compelled to eat this type of food.Secondly,this practice might rarely help general public,but will surely be more beneficial to food chain organizations.
Many people,living alone or working full time are not able to cook on daily basis, so these kind of foods,such as burgers,snacks,and sandwiches are easy alternative for them.Myriad of people do not even have time to sit and eat proper food and they need something which must be portable (like fries) and they can easily eat it while doing their work,like driving,which is not a case with home made healthy food.For instance,survey done on taxi drivers by university students prove that,they always prefer to have something handy to eat,because as per them,if they stop somewhere to sit and eat properly,they will probably miss some passanger which can earn them 50 to 100AED.
Moreover,most of the healthy foods,like salads made of raw fruits and vegetables have to be taken atleast thrice a day,only then they can fulfill your calories requirment,or otherwise you will feel down and hungry within few hours.In contrary to this,1 cheese burger with fries and coke can easily ease your appetite for atleast 12 hours,which is time saving for most.For instance,on my night duties in hospitals,I mostly order from some fast food restauranr,as they are always ready to deliver in odd times and can easily fulfill my appetite,which is difficult with good healthy diet food because of itx non availability at night time.

Furthermore,application of taxes on these items will give more benefits to food chain organizations than general public.On one hand,50% of general public is unaware of adverse effects this diet can cause,and on the other hand,other 50% love to eat junk food,inspite of knowing up and downside of this eating habit.In both the cases,if government would apply tax without educating masses about pros and cons of diet,these people will continue to eat same,and will give more profit to these business organizations.For instance,70% Of junk food consumers are from elite class,who do not bother about the prices,and eat whatever they will feel like to eat.

To conclude,I agree,good eating habits are crucial for person’s mental and physocal health and one should never compromise on this.However,this cannot be achieved by merely increasing food prices.After all,its person’s own choice what they want to eat or what not,and this trend can only be reduced by increasing awareness and not only by increasing taxes.

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