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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    Would like to know what you think would be the number one game changer for creating a less obesogenic culture -- other than changing the terminology and the foods we eat.

    • Lexie Wolf

      Alessandra, thats a good question and a hard one. One of the reasons reducing obesity is so complicated is that there are SO many factors that contribute to it, both on an individual and a societal level. But if I was told by the social change fairy that I could do one thing to make our culture less obesogenic, I would focus on the food supply. I would end federal policies subsidizing corn, which has had the result of flooding the US food supply with cheap, corn syrup laden processed foods, many of them intended for and marketed to children. Instead of subsidizing rich factory commodity farms, I would subsidize small farms, and producers of fruits and vegetables. Who you do and do not subsidize is just the beginning - there are of course lots of other policies the government to enact to encourage the consumption of fruits and vegetables and discourage sugary processed foods and fast foods.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Interesting Lexie. I imagine you're not too pleased about SNAP cuts?

        • Lexie Wolf

          Definitely not pleased. Bottom line is that SNAP helps make healthy eating more affordable. About half of SNAP participants are children. Food pantries struggle to help bridge the gap, but they are often not well set up to provide fresh food - mostly canned, packaged stuff. So SNAP system is the most efficient way to help people access healthy foods. Not to mention the fact that if the government of a wealthy country can't at least ensure that its children don't go hungry, what is it good for?

          • Alessandra Rizzotti

            Great point. Didn't realize that half participants were children. My dad is on SNAP and he relies on it to get healthy food.