A new study was just released from our friends at the USDA. Interestingly enough, it turns out that raising the prices of unhealthy foods (such as soda) actually did have an effect of decreasing a child’s body mass index. Even more interesting was that lowering the cost of healthy foods also had a similar positive effect. Interesting news for childhood obesity prevention.
Unfortunately the costs of the healthier foods has risen faster than that of sugary snacks, somewhat stacking the deck against us.
I’ve always been a big believer in adding the good things, not trying to take away the not so healthy things. Before you know it, you feel better, you are better and you naturally make healthier choices. So maybe instead of putting so much focus on raising the taxes on sodas, we should focus our efforts on lowering the price of fruits and vegetables…just might be crazy enough to work.
Here’s a proposition for the big soda companies…we’ll leave your soda tax alone but you subsidize the cost of fresh fruits and veggies. What do you say? You think Asa Candler would have gone for that?
Would you, in fact, buy more fruits and veggies if they cost less?
Put your thoughts below,