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Gareth Morgan the well known economist has proposed for serious consideration in the face of such exponential escalation in demand for public health services that policy should be designed to actively encourage healthy living.How about we tax white people for getting sunburnt (it makes them more prone to skin cancer!). Or how about we tax asthmatics for having asthma attacks (thus wasting time better spent on more useful economic activity).
He cites obesity as a good example of a self-inflicted medical condition "fat people get that way because they eat too much, exercise too little and eat the wrong stuff - in that order".
He notes that obese adults are either taxpayers or benefit recipients and proposes a tax break for the non-fat.
The Government could publish a range of tolerance for body mass index and those who fall within that over the year (certified say, six monthly, rather like a vehicle inspection certificate for a car), would qualify for a lower rate of personal tax (higher rate of benefit). Those who failed would incur the full tax rate.