Environmental Groups Lobby for Sin Tax on TV's and Video Games to Fight Childhood Obesity with Outdoor Education

In a creative twist that’s caught my attention, groups like the Sierra Club are lobbying for a sin tax to be levied on all new televisions and video games sold in New Mexico to encourage kids to get up off their duff and head outside to play.

But how does taxing a video game legitimately discourage kids from playing it?
Well, the truth is that it doesn’t. But what it will do quite nicely is provide up to $4 million per year to improve outdoor education, making it easier for kids in that state to access a park system which is currently being underutilized. Which means that they may well be enticed to leave the virtual world behind for a moment and head out into the fresh air to take a glimpse at the real one. Potentially burning off a few extra calories in the process. And if that’s not enough then consider the fact that it will also help train teachers to better use the park system for educational field trips with their students as well.

Of course the surest way to rile many Americans all up into a lather is by proposing a new tax on anything regardless of how much good it will do. And the fact that it’s all going down in New Mexico, one of the poorest states in the nation doesn’t make the medicine any easier for its opponents to swallow either.

But with kids today spending less and less time outdoors and getting even less physical exercise than ever before the reality is that the growing youth obesity epidemic in America isn’t going away any time soon. And neither is their (and our) growing detachment from nature. After all, doesn’t corn grow in a can?

So what do the denizens of Treehuggerville think? Will the approach of taxing the problem to create a solution work wonders in New Mexico, or is it doomed to failure because the cartoon above is just all too representative of the real problem facing kids in America today?

via:: Junkfood Science

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