In recent years, we have witnessed the emergence of groups that, in the name of public health, seek greater government supervision over our daily lives. This can take the form of taxes or regulations, as the case may be. When it comes to the phenomenon of obesity, the Research Paper by Dr. David Gratzer, in collaboration with Jasmin Guénette, suggests a positive approach that takes account of the complexity of the problem rather than turning to a tax on specific products, a route that has failed to deliver the hoped-for results, as explained in a previous MEI Economic Note.
Media release :: Prescription against obesity: stop looking for a magic pill
Economic Note (November 2012) :: Are Soda Taxes A Cure for Obesity?
|Le gouvernement n’a pas sa place dans le garde-manger des Québécois (Le Soleil, May 8, 2013)
Are Doctors Part of The Obesity Problem? (The Huffington Post, May 9, 2013)
Taxes will make obesity even costlier (Sun Media Papers, May 17, 2013)