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Old 07-25-2010, 07:25 AM
 
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Why not bypass the "cause" of the "unhealthiness" and go straight to those least able to remain healthy? An additional 50% income tax on anyone whose BMI is above a certain level! Tax those fatties!! Place a clear incentive on staying fit. Drink all the soda you like but if you can exercise enough to offset it, you're not taxed.

How about a special tax on tacos and tortillas? I'm sure they'd go with that idea here in PWC.
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:15 AM
 
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Why not bypass the "cause" of the "unhealthiness" and go straight to those least able to remain healthy? An additional 50% income tax on anyone whose BMI is above a certain level!
LOL, I know you're joking but for the sake of this debate, let's consider it for a moment. Why not? You're right that (in many ways) this seems fairer than taxing food.

I guess we don't do it for practical reasons. You'd have to find some way to weigh everyone that wouldn't cost more than the revenue raised by the tax. But, taking the devil's advocate position--boy, that could be a great incentive to get people to drop a few pounds.
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Old 07-25-2010, 12:26 PM
 
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Why not bypass the "cause" of the "unhealthiness" and go straight to those least able to remain healthy? An additional 50% income tax on anyone whose BMI is above a certain level! Tax those fatties!! Place a clear incentive on staying fit. Drink all the soda you like but if you can exercise enough to offset it, you're not taxed.

How about a special tax on tacos and tortillas? I'm sure they'd go with that idea here in PWC.

your idea is well and fine, except BMI is such a crock despite the fact it is the guidelines that doctors and insurances operate under, it is basically a one size fits all, when most people know that a particular weight does not look the same on every person, the fashion industry discovered this when making womens clothes

there has been enough medical proof that just because someone has a higher BMI than the chart shows it doesn't mean they are unhealthy

I have a higher BMI that I should according to my height and weight, yet I am very healthy, workout, don't drink sodas so I would have to declare civil war if someone came up with this in order to collect more taxes LOL
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