This is just a baby step... what we really need is an UNHEALTHY tax... since even slim unhealthy people can put the same draw on health insurance as fatties.
So that means...
Sales tax hike on cigarettes, alcohol, fast food, soft drinks, red meat, white meat, meat, white bread, pasta, candy, butter, and pretty much anything besides fresh vegetables and beans. Since anything with ANY amount of empty calories or fat can lead to obesity.
Oh, and a 20% premium increase on anyone who can't run 5 consecutive miles, do 50 consecutive pushups, 20 consecutive pullups, and 300 consecutive situps. Cause even if you're thin and can't do a moderate workout, you're a sickly prick thats gonna end up hiking up my health insurance premium.
Lets not forget lethargy-inducing hobbies. 20% tax hike on your cable and internet bill, along with a 15% increase in sales tax on all Tv's, movies, and video games.
But isn't all this taxing silly? I mean, if we REALLY want to control this epidemic, we need to just make all these offending activities and consumables illegal. That way, the sheep of the world won't even be tempted by these high risk behaviors, and we can rest assured knowing that the all-powerful gubment will keep us safe, secure, and warm.