To the Honorable [Congressperson's
According to the Center for Disease Control, 21 percent
of all Americans are obese. That’s 62 million
overeaters! More troubling, 62 million overeaters
whose obesity-related health care costs—estimated
at over $80 billion a year—are straining our
health care system. As these startling figures demonstrate,
the obese are not only burdens to themselves, but
burdens to society. For the financial and physical
health of our nation, they must be stopped.
Toward this end, I’m writing in support of the
so-called fat tax, which would tax Americans annually
according to their weight or body-mass index (BMI).
The philosophy is simple: Americans can eat all the
Big Macs, Twinkies, and ice cream they want. But for
the first time, they—not Joe Citizen—will
be responsible for paying their health care costs.
It’s simple. It’s fair. And it’s
the right thing to do. According to a study by the
Institute for a Healthy America (IHA), the fat tax
could raise $150 billion per year, and cut American
obesity in half by 2013.
As a healthy, concerned citizen, I urge you to support
the fat tax. Because the only way to slim down our
bloated health care costs is to slim down the fatties.
If they can’t control themselves, Uncle Sam