The latest study indicating that Obesity is costing the State over €1 billion each year raises the issue of what action the State should take.
Some €400 million is reckoned to be spent directly in the Health Service treating the cost of obesity related health problems, while over €730 million is lost through reduced productivity.
The Study does not appear to mention savings due to lower pension costs related to obese people due to their shorter life expectancy.
In the area of pollution control the taxpayer is spared through the polluter pays principle. The logical action would be to tax fat people as opposed to the proposal to tax fat foods. This would focus the tax more directly to the problem rather than taxing thin people who eat fat food.
I believe fixing the problem could cost a lot of money in increased pensions payments.
20,000 slimmed down people, each living five years longer on pension would cost us a further €1.2 billion a year., on pension costs alone, a cost which would have to be borne directly by the State.
The cost of providing additional health care, to more slimmed down skinny people would be likely to cost an additional €5,000 per year per head, per year .
In addition the State would have to wait longer to take a tax yield on their estate. It just might be cheaper in the round not to deal with this problem!
Much of the cause of being overweight is due to lack of exercise not simply consuming too many calories.
3500 excess calories adds one pound of excess weight.
Some one can become overweight by failing to burn off 100 excess calories per day.
100 excess calories per day over a year adds up to 36500 excess calories or 10 extra pounds of weight.
Over ten years that 100 extra pounds.
10 grams of fat provides 100 calories. Taxing fatty foods will have no impact.
Obesity costs State