Reporter Lee Bowman’s coverage of the latest call for a national fat tax on higher calorie fast foods and snacks amplifies the unreasonable demands of a single activist group, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) (“Health study used to bolster appeal for national fat tax,” June 3).
CSPI, whose denunciation of popular foods always dovetails with the advancement of its own political agenda, is demanding a wide range of unconventional “remedies,” from advertising bans to taxes on “bad” food and warning labels on restaurant menus. They even demand new federal subsidies for “good” foods.
That’s why the Tufts University Nutritional Navigator says of CSPI: “Much of their advice falls outside the realm of generally accepted nutrition guidelines and recommendations.”
Virtually every mainstream nutrition expert, including the American Medical Association, tells us there’s no such thing as “good” food or “bad” food. There are only good and bad eating habits. The answer to almost everyone’s individual weight problems can be found in moderating what we eat and increasing our exercise.
Higher taxes do not increase personal responsibility for moderation. They suggest a shift toward government to determine what we should eat.