The US Government Is Subsidizing America's Obesity Problem

twinkieIn 2011 $1.28 billion in taxpayer subsidies went to junk food ingredients.


The U.S. government is contributing to the nation’s expanding obesity problem by providing billions of dollars in agricultural subsidies to help produce junk food, according to a new report from the the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The report – Apples to Twinkies 2012 – reveals that out of the more than $277 billion American taxpayers spent on agricultural subsidies between 1995 and 2011, $18.2 billion went to four common food additives – corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and hydrogenated vegetable oils – that are common in junk food.

Apples, one of the few fresh fruits or vegetables that have a significant federal subsidy, received only $637 million in subsidies since 1995.

More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7 per cent) are obese while nearly one in five U.S. children aged 6 to 11 and one in six (18 per cent) Americans aged 12 to 19 were obese  in 2008. 

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