Monday, July 25, 2011

Junk Food? Tax It! Say "Sayonara" to the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.)

Per my Sunday tradition of reading the NYTimes curled up on my couch with my little Chihuahua, Oliver, I read an article by my hero, Mark Bittman, about America's addiction to the Standard American Diet aka S.A.D. It's very SAD that Americans, for the most part, continue to eat themselves sick  with standard SAD food staples like french fries, soda and animal meat.

In Bittman's article, "Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables," he thoughtfully suggests slapping a tax on unhealthy foods like fries, soda, and hyperprocessed snacks to reduce the consumption of these SAD foods and generate billions of dollars annually to be used to subsidize buying healthy foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains etc.

According to the article, "If we increase the price of sugary drinks nationally by 20%, it would lead to a 20% decrease in consumption, which in the next decade could prevent about 1,500,000 Americans from becoming obese, and 400, 000 cases of diabetes, saving about $30,000,000,000!" 

Bill Marsh/The New York Times
Sources: Beverage Marketing Corporation; Advertising Age

What do YOU think? I want to hear your opinions...

Blissfully Yours,

Tatiana Ridley, CHHC, AADP