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Argument: Governments commonly adopt policies to shape behavior, such as a fat tax

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  • Anthony Westell. "Why the obesity epidemic justifies a fat tax". GlobeandMail.com. 11 Apr. 2007. - "we use tax policy to influence all sorts of private decisions to produce what we consider to be socially desirable results. The progressive income tax itself is intended to bear more heavily on the rich than the poor. There are, for a few examples, tax incentives for buying a first home, for retirement saving, for the higher education of one's children, for investing in Canadian companies. Taxes on corporations are manipulated to obtain all sorts of economic ends thought to be good for the country." So, why not with food and health policy as well?

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