Although the evidence that economics has an impact on obesity is scarce, experts maintain that cheap food causes people to get fat.
Two out of three people in America are overweight. According to a research, people of all age groups in America are getting more exercise, but are still obese, and the situation is getting worse. They opine that more cheap food is available and we are digesting it. It was also found that some factors commonly thought to generate obesity are not verified by the research results.
Our food is cheap – perhaps too cheap, if you look at the intersection of economics and obesity.
Recent studies show that obesity affects people of all ages in the United States. The research includes all economic groups, even those with the most education. This and other findings threaten to debunk the commonly held view about what’s promoting obesity in our nation. The cost of ready-to-eat foods in particular, has become less expensive, but produce is also cheap-and more abundant than ever before. Consumption of produce has been on the rise during the course of the obesity epidemic.
The experts admit that there are discrepancies in weight among various sectors of American society, but they believe that the trend toward obesity crosses all groups.
According to the research, American consumers spend less of their income on food than any other society on Earth.
The main reporter, Roland Sturm states:
“Not only has food been getting cheaper, but it is easier to acquire and easier to prepare,” said Roland Sturm, lead author of the report and a senior economist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “It’s not just that we may be eating more high-calorie food, but we are eating more of all types of food.”
Researchers believe that a focus on decreasing salted snacks and soda pop may be a promising key to reducing obesity. They are lobbying for policies that would encourage individuals to substitute high calorie foods with fruits and vegetables; not just include fruits and vegetables in their diet, but actually replace the caloric foods with produce.
But such policies are difficult to establish, and even harder to enforce. Taxes on snacks and sweets might help, but such efforts have been unsuccessful in the past.