The Globe and Mail is reporting that the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) recommends implementing a “fat tax” by raising the price on so-called junk food, while also adding labels of diseased livers to pizza boxes. The OMA believes that taking the same approach to deterring smoking would also reduce obesity rates, but I for one, am not buying it. Who takes a long, hard look at the box each time they eat a slice of pizza, anyways?
Of course, seeing my swollen, diseased liver on a pizza box isn’t gonna stop me from eating pizza, which the OMA acknowledges. “People can still eat junk food. We’re not doing anything to stop them from eating it,” OMA president Doug Weir told the Globe. “But we want them to be aware of what they’re doing.” Fair enough, but making me aware and making me pay more are two different things!
Food & Consumer Products of Canada appears to agree with me. “A tax on food and beverages is nothing but a tax grab that will hurt lower- and middle-income Ontarians the most,” FCPC vice-president Phyllis Tanaka said in a statement. Did I mention she’s a registered dietitian?
Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to eat healthy once in a while, but the last thing I want to do when I come home from work is spend hours in the kitchen. If the OMA wants to send someone over to make healthy meals for me, I’d certainly prefer to spend some money on that as opposed to paying extra for pizza. Who knows, under their dietary supervision, I might even lose more weight than Rob Ford!