How to address the high cancer incidences resulting from high-fat foods
In the past, the high incidences of cancer in USA resulted from smoking cigarettes. However, things have changed in the recent past because of heart diseases resulting from foods with high fat content. In the previous case, the government resolved the matter by imposing high taxes on cigarettes and using that tax to educate the members of the public the dangers of smoking cigarettes (Leichter 128). From that experience, this essay argues that the state governments together with federal government can resolve the current matter by imposing taxes on high-fat foods and utilizing that tax to create awareness among the members of the public.
To a great extent, if state governments in USA or the congress would pass legislation that would impose high taxes on high-fat foods, then this would indeed reduce the high incidences of cancer in the country. This is in relation to the fact that the high taxes would increase the prices of the food in question and as a result discourage the members of the public from consuming those foods. The government currently utilizes this practice on cigarettes, and although the practice has not been fully successful, it reduces the incidences of cancer resulting from smoking (Besanko, Ronald and Michael 151). In this respect, if the state governments together with the federal government were to extend this practice on high-fat foods, then the high incidences of cancer resulting from high-fat foods would reduce significantly.
Apart from imposing high taxes on the foods in question and stopping there, the governments would also create public awareness using the money they would obtain from the tax they would collect from high-fat foods. In practice, the government would on one hand discourage the members of the public from consuming high-fat food, and on the other hand, it would tell them why they should do not consume those foods. As it is evident from the cigarette case, this would discourage people from consuming high-fat foods linked to high incidences of cancer. By so doing, the high incidences of cancer in the country would reduce significantly.
Some people might argue that increasing taxes on high-fat foods might not discourage people from consuming such foods and as a result, it might only increase the cost of living. Looking at the cigarette case, this might be true because some smokers do not stop smoking because of high taxes imposed on cigarette (Besanko, Ronald and Michael 151). Nevertheless, in the food case, things might be different because people are not addicted to food as smokers are addicted to cigarettes. At the same time, discouraging people from taking foods with more fat does not discourage people from taking any other type of food as it is the case on the tobacco issue. On the contrary, discouraging people from taking such foods leaves them with other better alternatives. For this reason, even if some people might argue that the cigarette case has not been fully successful, the food case might be more successful than the cigarette case because this one would leave the members of the public with better alternatives of foods that they should take. In other words, the food case would give the members of the public alternative types of foods to take rather than leave them without such alternatives. These alternatives would not only discourage people from taking high-fat foods, but they would also improve their eating habit. In relation to this fact, the cancer incidences in USA resulting from foods with high fat content would reduce significantly.
Besanko, David, Ronald Braeutigam, and Michael Gibbs. Microeconomics. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2011. Print.
Leichter, Howard. Free to Be Foolish: Politics and Health Promotion in the United States and Great Britain. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014. Print.