TAX FOOD AND BEVERAGE PRODUCERS FOR THEIR ROLE IN THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC

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The state of California suffers from the obesity epidemic. Rates have risen 15% since 1990 and over 10 million people are now considered to be obese. California spends almost $15 billion on obesity related expenditures per year. It's time we hold producers accountable for their role in fueling the statewide obesity epidemic. Sign this petition to show your support and put an excise tax on the unhealthy ingredients that producers are hiding in their products.


According to the American Heart Association, the max amount of added sugars you should consume per day is 37.5 grams for men and 25 grams for women. A standard 400 gram jar of Nutella contains a shocking 227.2 grams of sugar - one serving (two tablespoons) contains 21 grams of sugar! Consuming excess sugar causes adverse long term health effects. These include liver damage, weight gain, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, and heart disease. In excess, other unhealthy ingredients like salt, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, and palm oil also cause detrimental long term effects on one’s health.


We propose that California imposes an excise tax on producers who use unhealthy ingredients in excess. This would encourage producers to look for alternative ingredients for their products, benefiting the health of Californians. This will also mitigate the rising costs of healthcare in the state and generate revenue for other government initiatives.


We need your help NOW to fight obesity before it gets WORSE.

 



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