Friday, January 21, 2011

Walmart to guard American waistlines

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 08:  The Wal-Mart logo i...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeWalmart has announced that it will help Americans get back into shape. Americans have became obese at a very fast pace in the past 20 years. Obesity is becoming even more pronounced in children. One of the causes of childhood obesity is junk food, which is cheap and rich in carbs and Sodium.

Walmart wants to help Americans take control of their guts. It plans to make healthier foods cheaper, thus providing an incentive to consumers to prefer healthier foods over the junk/fast food.

It sounds mighty altruist of Walmart. However, we are only a few years away from new taxes on junk food to make them less atractive and also to help the State foot the bill for diseases related to obesity. Higher taxes on junk food will be similar to taxes on cigarettes designed to increase with the increase in the healthcare costs associated with obesity.

McDonalds must be taking note of these developments. It contributes handsomely to the nation's GDP and to the waistlines of lower middle class Americans.

My guess: 20-years down the road, Golden Arches will be known for their 0 carb salads than for the bucket-size pop and brick-sized burgers.
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