28 Nov '17, 2pm

Changing the price of certain foods could save thousands of lives each year

While public outreach efforts such as educational campaigns and food labeling seems to have made a positive impact on health outcomes, these strategies are much less impactful for people with lower socioeconomic status. Directly altering the pricing of certain foods seems to have the most direct, tangible impact on reducing health outcome disparities. The study also measured outcomes for the price alteration of specifics foods. For example, diabetes deaths were most affected by taxes on sugary drinks, while stroke deaths were most influenced by subsidies of fruits and vegetables . With this new understanding of food policy, it is now up to elected officials to make the necessary changes to promote a healthier constituency. “If we want to cut down on disease and achieve meaningful health care reform, we should make it a top nonpartisan priority to address our nation’s nutri...

Full article: https://inhabitat.com/changing-the-price-of-certain-foods...

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