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An American Indian reservation is considering a tax on junk food, including chips and sugary drinks. Should N.D. define "junk food" and implement a special tax on it?

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PoeticJustice16

Apr-23-14 7:16 AM

Fifteen years ago, North Dakota had an obesity rate of 15.2 percent. The obesity rate in ND has now increased more than 80 percent.

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Fifteen years ago, ND had a combined obesity and overweight rate of 52.6 percent. Ten years ago, it was 59.2 percent. Now, the combined rate is nearly 75 percent.

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EarlyBird

Apr-23-14 9:17 AM

Absolutely we need allot more new taxes or the weirdos we send to bismarck won't feel like they are doing their job of stripping the money out of the private sector.

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MattRothchild

Apr-23-14 9:18 AM

I'm surprised that the reservation in question thinks this will work. Haven't they ever heard of people buying cigarettes on the reservation (because they don't charge as much in sin taxes), smuggling them off the reservation, and reselling them at a price that is profitable to the smuggler but undercuts the prices charged off the reservation?

If this passes, I bet we see the same thing happen with junk food, but in the other direction.

Funny fact about that figure from 15 years ago: I was still a student at Minot High School at the time and I recall how one day during gym class, we all filed in and had those measurements taken. Whatever standard they used was completely messed up. There were people being placed in the "overweight" and "obese" category that clearly didn't belong there. Anyone want to take a guess at the identity of one of these? Yeah, it was me. A friend of mine who was claimed to be "obese" should have *maybe* been at the lower e

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MattRothchild

Apr-23-14 9:18 AM

A friend of mine who was claimed to be "obese" should have *maybe* been at the lower end of "overweight" based on any reasonable standard...

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animal

Apr-23-14 9:18 AM

So what PJ? You can,t tax away stupid, or lazy,and you can't tax away poor parenting.Typical Lib. thinking,don't work at change,just tax and spend!

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JackAaah

Apr-23-14 9:34 AM

I justa feel if the people cannot take care of themselves, then gubment MUST step in to take care of us.....one less worry for us and we move forword at the same time....

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OldCat

Apr-23-14 9:57 AM

Enough with the taxes--We are building more jails and increasing space--just put all the obese people in so they lose weight.This will be the effective deterrent they seem to want--like alcohol and drug abuse!!! Who is going to benefit from the tax revenue.

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Sickworld

Apr-23-14 10:20 AM

How stupid! First off you can't compare a city like minot with a federally run reservation city such as newtown! Haha! Pj, I would suggest expanding your research other than the huffington post and slate**** statistics, you discriminatory, racist against North Dakotan mooch!

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Legend

Apr-23-14 5:17 PM

What is junk is often decided by the AMA and their record on facts is horrible. Butter and eggs were bad and margarine was good. Not now. Alternative medical folks were hunted by the FBI for prompting tea, flax seed, cayenne pepper, papaya, vitamins and much more--all of which r now promoted by the AMA. Cigarettes r the villain 4 lung cancer yet i know of no one with it. I do know of scores of people with cancer of the pancreas, liver, breasts, colon, skin, stomach and bone. I know cigs r bad but why are the causes of other cancers like breast seemingly ignored? Big money in oil, chemicals, and food want those ignored.

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Legend

Apr-23-14 5:28 PM

Whole dairy like milk and white flour were once praised by the AMA to the tune of 3 glasses of milk a day. Now it is poison for your arteries. Statins r prescribed for cholesterol in your blood instead of for plaque in arteries. People with no plaque problem r prescribed statins which to some r more damaging than cigarettes. Junk food is determined by the waffling AMA.

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Missy1

Apr-23-14 6:59 PM

What they decide to do on the Reservation is not my business. They get monthly checks every month from the government, so extra taxes on Junk food isn't going stop them from buying it. If North Dakota is going to define what junk food is, and implement a special tax on it, there will be a lot more people, than me, going to Montana and buying their groceries and goods. No sales tax.

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PoeticJustice16

Apr-23-14 7:30 PM

@ MattRothchild

". . . I recall how one day during gym class, we all filed in and had those measurements taken. Whatever standard they used was completely messed up. There were people being placed in the 'overweight' and 'obese' category that clearly didn't belong there."

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When finally faced with the facts, Beer Belt Bobby declares doubt about the validity of math altogether.

"It's snowing," he yelps with a satisfied snort. "So much for global warming!"

Then, like an infant who has yet to master object permanence, he thinks his denial of a truth makes it disappear.

"My 7th grade gym teacher measured my class wrong, so I don't believe 2 out of 3 people in ND are overweight. I deny the fact that 1 out of every 3 is medically obese -- so now, no health crisis exists."

www . fasinfat . org/states/nd/

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animal

Apr-23-14 7:47 PM

Beautifulday- WHOOPEE another Lib comes to light, you people can always be counted on try and bully anyone with an original thought that doesn't fall within your socialist policies.

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Missy1

Apr-23-14 8:06 PM

PJ you have your law. What are you whining about. It's a free country, I can go shopping anywhere I choose. And save money at the same time.

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JackAaah

Apr-23-14 8:23 PM

All I know is that if these sovereign nations would just start charging a little more in taxes, then ND wouldn't be such a welfare state, getting all that ND 'welfare' for the 'nations'.....they could be more self-supporting, with all that casino-monopoly money and all...

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MarkHighwater

Apr-23-14 8:27 PM

YES..the more you weigh...the more you pay!

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Sickworld

Apr-23-14 9:18 PM

Pj what in the heck is wrong with buying products wherever one wants? Have you ever heard of online shopping you smelly hippy? You are a complete idiot to bypass the idea that business' like profit, no matter what state it comes from. Again,coming from one who finds their statistics on fatisfat dot com and tries to make a legit point! Laugh my small, not Obese North Dakotan *** off!!! You are all about government and socialism, huh you racist mooch!

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locomotive

Apr-23-14 9:23 PM

PJinfinity, really, who cares that you think North Dakotans are fat. YOU don't even care, with the attitude you have.

Trolls live under bridges. Don't feed them. They'll get really obese.

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Missy1

Apr-23-14 10:28 PM

PJ, you have your Health Care through the Obama Care. Now, please tell us all of your stellar life. How slim you are and you "know" all North Dakotans are fat. You know what to eat and what's good for everyone. Really?

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Missy1

Apr-23-14 10:34 PM

Poor PJ, life hasn't treated him fairly. I am sorry that you are having an miserable one. But, why are you posting all day long??

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Missy1

Apr-23-14 10:36 PM

I got it, PJ, Obama Care is NOT "free".

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MattRothchild

Apr-24-14 4:11 PM

"My 7th grade gym teacher measured my class wrong, so I don't believe 2 out of 3 people in ND are overweight. I deny the fact that 1 out of every 3 is medically obese -- so now, no health crisis exists."

Hey, PJ, you jerk, you should have been there to actually see what was taking place. Nobody measured anyone wrong; they did the measurements exactly as instructed. It was the standards themselves that were completely messed up. But we wouldn't want that to get in the way of your prejudice and bias. Oh, but you have "science" on your "side", so that makes it OK!

You should have been there to see it yourself. The kids who were being labelled "overweight" and "obese"...weren't. Unless you think that a healthy weight entails being one of those heavily airbrushed models in magazines...

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MattRothchild

Apr-24-14 4:20 PM

PJ: Your "truth" to which you so desperately cling is an arbitrary and capricious line in the sand with no basis in reality.

But hey, anything to validate your prejudice and bias.

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MattRothchild

Apr-24-14 4:47 PM

I bet you wouldn't say that to my face!

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MattRothchild

Apr-24-14 4:51 PM

But I guess that's your MO, isn't it? Get upset and show your true colors.

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