“Taxing foods just based on calorie content without any consideration to the contributions to a person's nutrition, I consider ridiculous,” says dietician Molly Gee at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Gee favors portion control rather than allowing the government tell us what we can or cannot eat.
She tells KTRH News a blanket calorie tax also would raise the price of fruits and vegetables, which too many Americans avoid in the first place.
“We don't consume enough fruits and vegetables, so let's create another barrier,” says Gee. “A great excuse for kids to say 'oh, I can't eat my fruits and vegetables because it will raise our taxes,' yeah that will play well.”