Tuesday 25 November, 2014
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Obese people in Germany to pay 'fat tax'?

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Overweight people who pursue unhealthy lifestyles should pay higher taxes in order to cover the extra costs they create for Germany’s healthcare system, a conservative lawmaker has said.

‘The question must be admitted whether the immense costs that, for example, arise from excessive consumption of food, can be permanently paid out of the consolidated health system,’ said Marco Wanderwitz, the conservative member of parliament from the state of Saxony.

‘I think it’s sensible that people who knowingly live unhealthily carry a responsibility for it in a financial respect,’ said Wanderwitz, who is also head of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats’s group of young parliamentarians.

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He was supported by Juergen Wasem, an economist who said foods like chocolate should carry health warnings, The Daily Telegraph reported on Thursday.

‘As with tobacco, we should tax the purchase of unhealthy consumer goods at a higher rate and pay that tax into the health system,’ he said.

Germany’s health system is funded by a series of mandatory health insurance funds, all of which are reporting serious deficits as the system is overused.

Bild, the German newspaper, estimated that treatment for obesity-related illnesses cost Germany some 16 billion pounds a year, the report said.

Recently the German Teachers’ Association recommended weighing children in class each day and reporting the seriously overweight to social services, who would have the power to remove them to clinics.

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Although opposition politicians slammed the ‘fat-tax’ proposal, researchers at the Jacobs University in Bremen city claimed its work proved that the majority of the public would back a tax on people whose unhealthy lifestyles landed them in hospital or under other medical care.

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3 Responses to "Obese people in Germany to pay 'fat tax'?"

  1. Please consider that it is not just how few cabs and fats and how much lean protein you eat in order to become ‘stronger,’ but how many absorbable non-toxic vitamin and minerals are obtained from the protein or fats you would eat.

  2. Kenisha says:

    Didn’t know the forum rules allowed such brilnliat posts.

  3. Austin Kobs says:

    In any system in which people collectively bear the cost, people who put a unneccesary burden on the system should be more responsible for their contribution to its costs. basically, people need to “pull their own wieght” when it comes to healthcare costs. People need to be held responsible, both financially and socially, for behaviors, not just obesity, that land them in need of serious healthcare. I’m not say that we shoudl punish people for being overwight. What i prupose is that people who are overwieght are required to visit a doctor who will develop a weight-loss program with them. Then they will have a follow-up with teh doctor in 6 months and if they fail to show signs that they are following the plan or showing imporvement, than they will be charged an extra amount for their healthcare coverage. I think the Arizona ‘fat tax’ is a good model around which to base a nation-wide healthcare policy for employees of the federal government. Private companies are already implementing various programs like the one in Arizona for their employees.

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