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The growth of the fast food industry has, without doubt, impacted on the eating habits and health of many societies around the world. Diabetes, high cholesterol, heart and respiratory problems are all on the rise due to fatty and sugar rich food. However, the question is whether higher tax would improve this situation or not

From an economic point of view, higher taxes might seem sensible. In countries such as the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, the health care system spends a large part of its budget on people with diet-related health problems. It could be argued that these people have caused their own illnesses because of their choice of food. In this case, why should they expect the state to pay for their treatment? The tax could help fund the health care system

Looking at the other side of the coin, we also need to consider which socioeconomic group consumes fast food as the main part of their diet. Research is indicative of the fact that lower income groups eat more of this food than wealthier people. One possible reason for this is that fast food is far cheaper than the fresh produce. This is because many governments offer large subsidies to farmers who produce corn, beef and wheat. Fruit and vegetables, on the other hand, are not subsidised. Some researchers also indicate that many families simply cannot afford to buy healthy food or pay higher taxes on fast food. For them, fast food is not a choice but a necessity

In conclusion, my view is that imposing higher taxes on fast food does not seem to be the answer. If the government chooses to do this, it will only lead to greater poverty and families facing further hardship