Saturday, June 11, 2005

New Cancer Fighter: Big Mac Tax!

The leading cancer specialist in Scotland, Dr. Anna Gregor, has called for a special tax on Big Macs and other fast foods to help battle cancer. Dr. Gregor believes that fatty foods and poor diet contribute to the poor health of her fellow Scots and she may be right. More and more research studies have shown that a fatty diet increases risk for certain types of cancers.

So since we have a tax on everything else it doesn't surprise me that someone is now proposing a tax on food. Now, I'm all for battling cancer but taxing Big Macs, Whoppers, and fries isn't the method to take. It will control people's desires for fast food about as much as it does for beer and cigarettes.

I believe education about diet and making those choices available or two of the main keys to a better diet. If you don't know what to eat then obviously eating a healthy diet will be a little challenging to say the least. Recent changes to the food pyramid, the low carb craze, and other methods of the day have only confused people to what is a healthy diet. Secondly, if you know what to eat but those choices are not available then eating healthy is a mute point. What we need are some decent healthy fast food choices. One can only eat so much Subway. The message is getting there but a fruit bowl isn't enough for me.

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