Thursday, October 07, 2010

No Soda for People on Food Stamps?

Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban soda purchases using food stamps in NYC. Interesting thought - sugared soda is certainly full of calories and very cheap, and likely contribute to obesity. So the suggestion would ban "beverages with more than 10 calories per 8 ounces, and would exclude fruit juices without added sugar, milk products and milk substitutes." Interesting questions arise from this, of course:

Should the government be involved in these types of personal choices?
Considering that food stamps are a federally backed program, isn't it reasonable that they can set limits?
Is it even fair to suggest that people on food stamps (poor people) are part of the obesity problem?
What about diet soda?

Interesting approach. I like Bloomberg's ideas, even if I don't necessarily agree with them.

1 comment:

WC said...

I also find it interesting. I wonder if the foods you buy with food stamps are particularly healthy? Likely not.