Taxing Junk Food…

One in three members of the Navajo Nation is diabetic or prediabetic. This is also a reflection on the health of the American population in general. In 2015 the leaders of the Navajo Nation levied a 2% tax on all food classified as “Junk Food”.  The money was put back into the community to promote healthy living education. The tax has averaged $1.5 million dollars a year with 85% of it going to developing vegetable gardens, greenhouses, farmers markets, food preparation classes as well as exercise programs. What it has encouraged is the return to traditional cooking and a reduction in sickness. Following the Navajo Nation’s example and adding an additional tax to our junk food is one way we will be able to help the population maintain a healthy weight.