Posted by : Julie
Date : July 25, 2011
Mark Bittman wrote a very interesting article on food in Sunday's New York Times, "Bad Food? Tax It". In it he argues for taxing sugary drinks and junk food - which are strongly tied to obesity, diabetes, some cancers, & heart disease. He doesn't stop there, though. He also talks about changing the way farm subsidies are handed out. The money could then be used to promote healthier food choices and make them more readily available to the whole public.
There's no doubt that Americans' food choices are getting worse. We're constantly bombarded, practically from birth, by food industry advertising, promoting remarkably unhealthy foods. Many people do not have easy access to healthier foods.
And the consequences are serious: adult obesity has doubled since the 70s, & childhood obesity has tripled. Millions are spent on healthcare for preventable "lifestyle" diseases.
It's a very thoughtful article which argues for making the U.S. a world leader for something healthful - like the US's efforts on smoking. He brings up a lot of interesting ideas.
Read it - what do you think?
Comment By : Julie
Date : July 27, 2011
There's a news article of interest to this topic posted today: food labeling laws have positive affect on fast food customers. You can read about this on the News page.