Last Updated: June 20, 2012
Topic: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP Restrictions Are the Wrong Solution to Obesity in America
According to the USDA, ‘'incentives - rather than restrictions - that encourage purchases of certain foods or expanded nutrition education to enable participants to make healthy choices are more practical options and likely to be more effective in achieving the dietary improvements that promote good health." Multiple strategies are necessary, including ensuring food outlets in low-income areas, improving the adequacy of benefits and after-school and summer programs.
The USDA reports the dietary habits of SNAP and non-SNAP participants are "nearly identical." Food stamp recipients are no more likely to consume soft drinks than are higher-income individuals and are LESS likely to consume sweets and salty snacks.
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