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Would 'fat' tax help curb obesity

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Experts in the British Medical Journal are suggesting a 20-percent fat tax to get control of the obesity problem in America. The idea is to charge people more for soda and junk food, hoping they'll pass on it to save money. The thought of that is getting mixed reviews locally.  

Papa Joe's Pizza in Lake Mary has a large menu.  You can order the obvious, pizza, but owner Mike Gaimbrone also offers  nice salads and fresh fish.    "How often do people seek the healthier option?" asked FOX 35 reporter Holly Bristow.  "Not often," He replied.

When we asked him how he thinks it would affect business if the government imposed a fat tax, forcing him to tax customers an extra 20-percent for high fat foods like chicken wings, loaded up pizzas and sodas.  "It'd be the last thing I'd want to do.  Charge people more money," said Giambrone, although he said he didn't think it would affect business overall.

Pizza lover Heather Fatz is a single mom.  She says a fat tax would force her to alter her choices.  "I'm always trying to save money.  Most of the time I come up with decisions on what I eat based on what is the cheaper version instead of the healthier version. So if fattier food was just as much as healthier food, I think I'd make smarter decisions with my eating habits," said Fatz.

If a there were a fat tax, Terri Barnhill would have paid an extra $1.60 for her fried calamari tonight.  "I might cut back and really only give into cravings when they come," said Barnhill.

"Would you have a problem if the government imposed a fat tax?" asked Bristow.  "I would.  I would. I think its not their place," said Barnhill.  "If soda were taxed an extra 20 percent, would you drink any less soda?" asked Bristow.  "Yes I would," said Barnhill.

Barnhill says she'd rather keep doing what she already does when she indulges at dinner, hit the gym a litter harder the next day, watch her own weight and keep the government away from her dinner plate.


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