Monday, March 17, 2014

High cost of fruits, vegetables linked to higher body fat in young children

High prices for fresh fruits and vegetables are associated with higher Body Mass Index in young children in low- and middle-income households, according new research. Research showed that when the prices of fruits and vegetables go up, families may buy less of them and substitute cheaper foods that may not be as healthy and have more calories. The study also identified a small association between higher-priced soft drinks and a lower likelihood of obesity among young children. Read More

COMMENT: how about increasing the excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco, and using this money to subsidize the price of fresh fruits and vegetables?