Supertax Me - The New York Times Op-Ed Contributor Supertax...

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The New York Times October 19, 2006 Op-Ed Contributor Supertax Me By MARTIN B. SCHMIDT Williamsburg, Va. THE National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 30 percent of American adults, some 60 million people, are obese. Thirty years ago that number was 15 percent. The trend is similar among children: according to the surgeon general, the percentage of obese youths has tripled, to nearly 15 percent, since the 1960’s. Obviously, we face a crisis of obesity and its concomitant health problems. In the spirit of “every little thing can help,” I have a modest suggestion to reverse the trend: enact a tax on drive- through food orders. Now there are many reasons for the rise in obesity, but to an economist a big factor is that food has become “too cheap.” I do not mean in the typical sense of dollars and cents. (The fact that that the average family pays only about 20 percent of its income on food today, down from 30 percent in the 1960’s, is a positive change.) Rather, I mean that the procurement of food has become too “cheap” in terms of time and effort. Advances in technology have allowed us to increase the food supply while reducing the amount
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