Ontario doctors urge junk food warning labels and taxes

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Unhealthy foods should be taxed the same way tobacco is as part of an effort to battle childhood obesity, Ontario doctors say.
The recommendation is part of an Ontario Medical Association (OMA) campaign launched Tuesday.
The OMA says three-quarters of overweight children will remain so in adulthood, with health effects ranging from diabetes to certain types of cancer and heart disease.
"If we don't start taking immediate action now, our health-care system will soon be overwhelmed by the demands of a completely preventable complication associated with obesity," said OMA President Dr. Doug Weir.
The group suggests that the province introduce policies including:
  • Increasing taxes on junk food and decreasing taxes on healthy foods.
  • Restricting marketing of fatty and sugary foods to children.
  • Placing graphic warning labels on pop and other high-calorie foods with little to no nutritional value.
  • Adding retail displays for high-sugar, high-fat foods that prominently advise consumers of the health risks.
  • Restricting the availability of sugary, low-nutritional value foods in sports and other recreational facilities frequented by young people.
Just as graphic images are required on cigarette packages, the doctors said, junk food such as french fries should come in packaging illustrating the toll obesity takes on the body. Potential images include a foot with an open wound meant to reflect on a problem that people with diabetes may suffer, or a liver riddled with fatty liver disease.
The OMA is starting its own advertising campaign against low nutritional foods, saying such a move helped bring smoking rates down and could help lead to better eating habits.
The group has not yet spoken with governments or the food industry.
Food and beverage groups called taxing groceries a simplistic approach to a complex issue.
The government of Denmark introduced a tax on saturated fat last year and has abandoned it, Food and Consumer Products of Canada said.
Taxation "does not change behaviour, it hurts middle and lower income families and it costs food and beverage manufacturing jobs," said Jim Goetz, president of the Canadian Beverage Association. "This is a bit of a shame and blame campaign."
Almost one in three Canadian children aged five to 17 — 31.5 per cent — is overweight or obese, compared to 14 to 18 per cent in the early 1980s, Statistics Canada reported last month.
Sauce: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/10/23/obesity-tax-oma.html

Although from The land of Milk Bags, it's only a matter of time before an idea like this catches on like wild fire and even comes to the US, then before you know it you'll be seeing a warning label as lovely as this on your next order of pizza:


MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM! YUMMY!!
 

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What a load of nanny-state shit.

Fucking labels on fatty foods. Plain labeling on cigarettes.

The bullshit continues.

Fucking people need to take responsibility for their own fucking actions, and the government needs to stop spending taxpayer bucks on fucking consultants/public servants getting paid to dream up the fucking bullshit.

I'm going to eat pizza tonight as a big FUCK YOU to the man.

Then I'll have a diet Coke and wonder why I'm a fat cunt.
 

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Every time people complain about a product being sold they should ask themselves: Why don't I offer a product which has the perceived benefits of the product without the perceived negatives? I'm sure if all the people who complained pooled their resources together they could easily create a product they yearn for. Until then people are going to eat junkfood because it's relatively cheap, convenient and doesn't taste like ass to most people.
 

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Every time people complain about a product being sold they should ask themselves: Why don't I offer a product which has the perceived benefits of the product without the perceived negatives? I'm sure if all the people who complained pooled their resources together they could easily create a product they yearn for. Until then people are going to eat junkfood because it's relatively cheap, convenient and doesn't taste like ass to most people.
This shit right here is why no one likes you.

And because you're fat.

But mostly because you're a sanctimonious idealistic (and fat) cunt.
 

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Because this so worked for cigarettes. Its incredibly patronizing to the consumer and fails to address fundamental facets of human nature.

Simply put, this legislation says "you're all fucking idiots. Look at you. We know BETTER than you. So we're going to have to tax, cajole, punish, and ridicule you until you LISTEN to us".

They can all take a fucking flying leap.
 

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What a load of nanny-state shit.

Fucking labels on fatty foods. Plain labeling on cigarettes.

The bullshit continues.

Fucking people need to take responsibility for their own fucking actions, and the government needs to stop spending taxpayer bucks on fucking consultants/public servants getting paid to dream up the fucking bullshit.

I'm going to eat pizza tonight as a big FUCK YOU to the man.

Then I'll have a diet Coke and wonder why I'm a fat cunt.
But Pizza is a vegetable.
 

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Because this so worked for cigarettes.
God damn I'm still so pissed about the new cig laws. Took away my fucking cloves because they were supposed to be a gateway, when I meet 0 people who smoked cloves before actual cigarettes. Then made it 10 times harder than it already is to get the right pack of cigarettes because the word light on a box somehow was such a fucking potent form of mind control and had to be changed.


 

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Just another proposed cash grab. Someone should tell these allmighty doctors that there's no taxes on basic grocery items. If you load up your cart with eggs, milk, bread and cereal, no sales tax. Pull a Rootbrian and buy nothing but 2 litre Cokes and potato chips, sorry brah, there's going to be sales tax on that.
 
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