Are Taxes Why You're Fat?

obesityLegislators in Alabama apparently aren't satisfied with having the second fattest population in America.

Now they're going for number one with a proposed tax on gym memberships!

According to a Kiplinger slideshow on some offbeat tax proposals, 'Bama is looking at a 4 percent monthly sales tax on your membership.

It's further evidence that states who put an emphasis on taxes over health are making their people fat.


Current rankings for the fattest states:

1. Mississippi: 33.8% of the population is obese
2. Alabama: 31.6%
3. Tennessee: 31.6%
4. West Virginia: 31.3%
5. Louisiana: 31.2%

So how does that coincide with state priorities for taxes?

  • Not surprisingly, Mississippi and Alabama are the only two states in the nation that apply their sales tax fully to food purchased for home consumption without providing any offsetting relief for low- and moderate-income families.
  • In Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana, two-parent families of four with incomes below the federal poverty line are liable for income tax.

Are your taxes making it hard to lead a healthy lifestyle?


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