Proposed bill targets using SNAP benefits for ‘junk food’

January 23, 2017

In the U.S., the link between low incomes and obesity is generally accepted among people familiar with the issue. It’s not that those who have low incomes eat more, it’s often because they eat more unhealthy food, according to advocates over the years. The main culprit: foods and drinks loaded with sugar.

An Arkansas lawmaker has written a bill that she believes will address the problem.

“More than 33 percent of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year are obese, compared with 24.6 percent of those who earned at least $50,000 per year,” according to the State of Obesity project. Arkansas ranks sixth nationally as far as obesity rates.

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