UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (22) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next
Author: wrjohnston91283 Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool CAPS All Star Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 76418  
Subject: Re: Obesity Rates in 10 Largest US Cities Date: 6/10/2012 7:39 PM
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Recommendations: 1
He also pointed to another scholarly work that suggested a shocking alternative explanation for obesity. People may actually be eating junk food because they like the way it tastes.


This hits it right on the head. Ask any CEO in the quick service restaurant industry how well "healthy" options sell vs the regular stuff. People don't want the healthy stuff when they eat out; especially at the price points offered by the QSR restaurants (which reflect the higher cost of produce vs institutional ground meet/cut potatoes.

The QSR industry then gets demonized for offering nutritionally poor choices, yet they offer what people want to buy. I don't go into Wendy's wanting to pay $5 for a salad, when I could get a chicken sandwich and fries for the same price or less.

Regarding grocery store items, I'd like to see proposals and studies about removing the sales tax exemption on everything other than "ingredients". Produce, raw meats, flour, sugar, oils, pasta, rice, even canned and frozen vegetables, etc would all remain tax exempt (I'm basing this whole argument on Massachusetts’s taxation of food, and I know it won't hold true for some other states). Items such as pre-cooked frozen breaded chicken, frozen pizzas, Hamburger helper, mac and cheese, chips, microwavable meals would all lose their exemption. This would a) provide an incentive for people to move towards healthier (and generally cheaper overall) self-prepared meals, and also provide states with additional tax revenue. Most grocery stores sales item databases already have a flag for grocery item vs prepared food item. There would be some rough edges around determining what's an "ingredient" vs a "prepared meal" - jars of pasta sauce come to mind, as does salsa. However, I’d much rather see this given some thought rather than some of the proposals of outright bans that we’re seeing today.
Post New | Post Reply | Reply Later | Create Poll Report this Post | Recommend it!
Print the post  
UnThreaded | Threaded | Whole Thread (22) | Ignore Thread Prev | Next

Announcements

The Retire Early Home Page
Discussion on accelerating retirement day.
Foolanthropy 2014!
By working with young, first-time moms, Nurse-Family Partnership is able to truly change lives – for generations to come.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Post of the Day:
Macro Economics

Looking at Currency Ratios
What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
Community Home
Speak Your Mind, Start Your Blog, Rate Your Stocks

Community Team Fools - who are those TMF's?
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and "#1 Media Company to Work For" (BusinessInsider 2011)! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.
Advertisement