Study Indicates Link Between Food Prices And Kids’ Body Mass Indexes

There is a clear correlation between children’s body-mass-index (BMI) and the price of food and drink, according to new government-backed research, reported in foodnavigator.com.

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Editor’s Insight: This research indicates that price has a direct impact on consumption habits. “Twinkie tax” advocates will use this research to justify taxes as a way to reduce obesity.

In the current economic climate, however, lawmakers should not be raising taxes. Higher taxes have a disproportionate impact on lower income consumers.

Policymakers should recognize they need to subsidize healthy options to encourage consumers to eat healthier foods. 07-07-11 by Elliot Maras

 

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