Banning food stamp purchases of soda may help decrease obesity

By Kristina Johnsen

KOBI-TV

The study comes as critics say the federal food stamp program supports the purchase of sugary drinks that don’t have nutritional value.

Stanford, Calif. — Banning food stamp purchases of soda and other sugary drinks could cause a major drop in obesity and diabetes among the poor.

That’s the finding of a new study published in the Academic Journal Health Affairs.

Stanford University researchers say banning these sweet drinks could prevent more than 130,000 kids from getting obese.

It could also keep another 200,000 adults from developing Type II diabetes.

This study comes as critics say the federal food stamp program supports the purchase of sugary drinks that don’t have nutritional value.



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