WHO IS THE IHA?
The Institute for a Healthy America (IHA)
is an independent, non-profit education, research, and
advocacy organization with offices in Virginia and Texas.
Our mission is to move America towards a healthier,
fitter future. We believe that the best way to encourage
weight loss is through government-sponsored economic
incentives. To that end, we support initiatives to revise
the federal tax code to ensure that overweight Americans
are paying their fair share for the burden they impose
on our nation’s healthcare infrastructure.
The IHA is a non-partisan proponent of
the position that a new tax, calculated in proportion
to Body Mass Index (BMI) and scaled to income, must
be an essential part of a new federal "war on obesity."
We believe such a "fat tax" could generate
$150 billion in increased revenue for the federal government
and could cut obesity in half by 2013 while saving 250,000
To achieve its mission, the IHA:
- Educates the public about the benefits of a "fat
tax" and the ways in which fair and effective
BMI-taxation serves the greater public interest
- Generates and facilitates research on the use of
economic incentives to combat the obesity epidemic
- Advocates BMI-taxation in Congress, in the Administration,
in the states, and internationally, as an essential
element of civil society.
The IHA was founded in 2004 as a 501(c)(3)
tax-exempt corporation by Irwin Leba, a Texas businessman
and public interest advocate, our contributors include
foundations, associations, and private individuals.
the IHA for more information.
HOW WOULD THE FAT TAX WORK?
Under the IHA's plan, Americans of all
shapes and sizes—yes, including you—will be required
to present themselves every year (sometime between January
1 and April 15) at an official government weigh station.
This weigh-in will establish your body-mass index (BMI).
If that number is 25.5 or higher—officially overweight—you
will have to pay a federal "fat tax" on top of you normal
income tax. The exact amount would depend on how overweight
you are and how much you earn. See the table below.
||FAT TAX (PER BMI
POINT* ABOVE THE LIMIT)
|$100,001 to 500,000
|$500,001 to 1,000,000
|$1,000,001 and above
*Decimal points within your BMI would
be rounded up: 25.5 to 26; 26.1 to 27; 27.7 to 28; etc.
To calculate what your own fat tax would
be, first get your BMI,
then use our handy online Fat