Research teams from the College of Global Public Health at the New York University and Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition, have recently performed a novel analysis which found that the federal tax collected from the manufacturing companies of junk food is administratively and legally viable.
The American Journal of Public Health has released an online article pointing to impose the federal tax applied on junk food makers instead of applying the sales tax to consumers. JD, MPH, Jennifer Pomeranz, is a Clinical Assistant Professor from the College of Global Public Health at the New York University.
Pomeranz said in a statement that, “Economic and social environments can influence food choice in beneficial and harmful directions. Our finding that a federal manufacturer excise junk food tax defined through product category or combined category-nutrient approaches – appears to be legally and administratively feasible and has strong implications for nutrition policy.”
Unwholesome food is a major risk factor leading to obesity as well as many other deadly diseases such as Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The federal government is using a strategy, which improves diet and creates policies that alter the prices of foods and beverages by either applying taxes on unwholesome foods or providing subsidies on healthy foods.
At the same time, local taxes on various items including soda and many sugar sweetened beverages are growing rapidly with their political and popularity acceptance, which is the strategy having broader impacts than the local taxes, but hasn’t yet got a political grip.