Study: Banning Food Stamps Soda Purchases Could Reduce Obesity and Diabetes

By: Garret Wymer Email
By: Garret Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Shut off the soda fountain and close that cooler door. Researchers say banning buying soda with food stamps could be big in the battle over obesity.

According to a new study out of Stanford University, a SNAP program soda-buying ban could prevent more than 100,000 kids from being overweight and more than 200,000 adults from developing type 2 diabetes.

Numbers from Yale University show more than $2 billion dollars in food stamps each year go to buy soda and other sugary drinks. That makes up more than half of all drinks bought with food stamps. Lower-income families as a group tend to have higher rates of obesity and diabetes.

But for all of us, doctors say to know that if you drink two sodas a day for a month, "That would add up to about five pounds of sugar, which is about the amount of sugar that's in this bag right here. It also would add up to over five gallons of soda in a month," said Dr. Nate Ostheimer, with Valley Pediatric Group.

A reason we all might want to reach for the water instead.

Previous efforts to ban soda from food stamps most notably a plan by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg have been unsuccessful.


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