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Tax is picking up some steam again -- a group of influential academics the ones the government often listens -- you.
Just publish your report on the benefits of a fat tax that the site -- little different.
Instead of just taxing the fatty foods and this one would actually tax your calories -- -- and Kate -- here with us now.
How does this work because like -- McConnell has a lot of calories and it's really actually -- Well that's the concern here experts say that this may actually deter people from eating high calorie healthy foods.
So what -- years the national bureau of economic researchers conducted -- study.
And they look at 21 different items some from the grocery store like a two liter bottle of Coke in Jimmy Dean sausage.
And others and I exceed -- signaling that KFC.
A quarter pounder with cheese from McDonald's any tax by 10%.
All high calorie foods and then -- sat back and watch what happened to different tax groups of people.
And you actually think it's gonna work and they thought this worked well in some cases it did so the guys in this study men ended up losing weight when fast food prices went out because men love their fast food right back.
And women actually.
When healthy foods went -- in -- like fruits and vegetables and hear what was most stunning is that -- in the group lost between eight and 9% body fat.
When there high calorie foods -- tax by about the same amount.
This is interest in me because.
You can tax cigarettes six ways to Tuesday -- here in the city it's -- well -- ten dollars a pack and no one's stopping smoking.
Wolf I first you say there isn't nice correlation between youths who actually.
-- tax higher you know the cigarette tax.
It really did work in deterring youths from really smoking is much when you're younger because they're not as hooked on fair -- it's kind of a core relation between that and this obesity study.
Adults didn't -- as much -- as kids did because that the kids aren't so ingrained in in eating this every day as much as adults who have been doing it their entire life more so now.
We heard earlier today on Fox Business that it obesity costs.
Health care costs for -- people will double act when they get older.
So shouldn't -- be get started home a little bit -- parents have to take -- -- responsibility here of course they do and you know at this study even points that out here they say taxing is the blunt tool and you put it across the board.
Yes it does have impacts but that really parents are the first line of defense.
Against obesity in their homes they are the ones that need to consider what they're putting on the table for their kids to eat every day.
And low income families in particular are more susceptible to buying these fatty unhealthy foods because guess what they are cheaper they certainly -- I mean you go to McDonald's and buy something for a dollar right exactly it's a pretty decent -- much.
You know -- is went up recently about how come into any fallback from that they have been going up I mean corn prices have gone up to eighty droughts we've seen.
Livestock production costs are up grain prices are up so some experts say well if obesity is so closely tied to how expensive our food it shouldn't we as a nation be getting thinner.
And were not mean they're still.
-- twelve million obese kids in this country 35%.
Of American adults are obese or overweight in this country so it's a debate worth having and be interesting to see -- got to wonder stayed out.
Should the government be in your dinner plate.
He -- thank you very paying you for having me.
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