said by Anav:
Fair enough, taxes dont really work anyway. Suggest instead that ppl are tazered if they come to the checkout counter with junk food.
Let's do the same with beer though (thinking of the number of guys I see with beer guts). Although this now makes me think of guys with beer guts flagging down skinny guys at the beer store to try and buy them beer if they're over their limit for the day/week/month.
Sigh... it doesn't even address the overall issue. Realistic expectations and helping people lose weight. I worked in a company that had a small gym in house. They would also subsidize gym memberships (although unless you know enough on how to proceed, having a membership doesn't help). The government can tax to their hearts content, but honestly that's not going to do it.
I'm not really a low-carb kind of person, but too much pasta with even a healthy sauce isn't good for you. I grew up meat / veggies / potatoes, but when eating at friends' homes was surprised that other people added bread and dessert to every dinner. You can seriously overeat on carbs, all of them (or most) healthy.
Two-parent working families do rely way too much on packaged stuff. Other than condiments and probably tortillas for wraps, I don't buy pre-made items much (if at all). Yet, I do really understand why people rely on it. I pack a lunch most days, but again, I understand why people buy it.
And to those saying junk food is cheap, I don't see that. Good quality home-cooked meat/chicken, a little cheese, veggies, mustard, a wrap, an apple for lunch - maybe $2 (too lazy to even try to work it out). Could I even buy one for $6? I'm thinking it's time more so than cost. Of course, I've admitted, I tend to be a bulk purchaser / prep / freeze kind of person. However, I have the resources to do so. Time, I don't have, but I make. I can see with families, running kids to multiple activities how it's far easier to pick something up or heat something up.