How the U.S. Government Contributes to the Obesity Epidemic

A decade ago, an American woman's waist, on average, was close to two inches smaller than.  Eighteen year olds are 15 pounds heavier than they were in the 1970s.

 

One reason is federal subsidies for food production.  Take a look at these numbers:

 

  • Meat/Dairy -- 73.8 percent
  • Grains -- 13.2 percent
  • Sugar/Oil/Starch/Alcohol -- 10.7 percent
  • Nuts/Legumes -- 1.9 percent
  • Vegetables/Fruits -- 0.4 percent

 

That’s right – just 1.9 percent for nuts and legumes and 0.4 percent for fruits and vegetables.  As a result, a salad often costs you more than a Big Mac.

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