Editorial limiting what food stamps can buy-singling out low-income individuals or helping fight the battle against obesity
Unit 2 Discussion BoardVictoria Rock The editorial I chose "Limiting what food stamps can buy: Singling out low-incomeindividuals or helping fight the battle against obesity?” by Rebecca Krieger. I chose this articlebecause it points out an issue I found in my earlier research project. Krieger opens her article with a problem that low- income families face on a regular basis. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, like many people not in the low-income bracket feel that theproblem with obesity in America lies with low-income families using their food support for non-nutritional products. Mayor Bloomberg has requested that the Department of Agriculture approve a two-year experimental program barring the citys food stamp recipients from spending funds on beverageswith added sugar.(Krieger, 2011) Without specific statics linking higher rates of obesity to thosereceiving food-support or purchasing sugary drinks, his proposal singles out low-incomefamilies.(Krieger,2011) Although low-income households spend their food budget on items withlow nutritional value, The Mayors ban fails to address wealthier Americans who also consumelow nutritional value diets, thus discriminating against low-income families(Krieger,2011) Krieger points out that even if low-income individuals are likely to be more obese, there arehigher-income individuals that are just as overweight and unhealthy. Obesity is a huge problemin America and things need to be done. The food stamp program for low-income families is agreat program but it has flaws. The Food Stamp Act of 1964 was enacted to help prevent hungerand improve social conditions for citizens with low-income.(Krieger,2011) Unfortunately theincome standards for low-income individuals seems to have remained the same today as it was in1964. While the cost of healthy foods has risen on a steady basis, the allotment to low-incomefamilies on food support has remained the same. Being a single parent in the low-income bracket, the food support I am allowed has notadjusted with the cost of living as far as I can tell. What I am able to purchase today in healthyfoods is far less than what I was able to a couple of years ago. Because of this factor I am beingforced to buy non-nutritional foods over healthy foods in order to insure my family does not gohungry, thus contributing to my childs obesity through no fault of my own. I agree with Krieger that the rate of obesity is increasing at a great rate and the need forimproved nutrition for Americans, especially low-income families, is greatly needed. Instead ofbanning foods, why dont we find a way to lower the cost of healthy foods for everyone or atleast increase the amount of food support for low-income families so they have a chance toprovide more healthy foods to their families thus helping in reducing obesity.
ReferenceKrieger,R.(2011, February 2), Limiting what food stamps can buy: Singling out low-incomeindividuals or helping fight the battle against obesity?, Law Journal for Social Justice at ArizonaState University, retrieved May 6,2011 from http://ljsj.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/limiting-what-food-stamps-can-buy-singling-out-low-income-individuals-or-helping-fight-the-battle-against-obesity/