A Helpful Program Gone Wrong: Food Stamps

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Tom Vilsack once said “The lack of access to proper nutrition is not only fueling obesity, it is leading to food insecurity and hunger among our children”. In recent years an unruly amount of homes were classified as food insecure, which is a government measurement for when all people are not able to access nutritious foods to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Hunger is a worldwide problem and is also a crisis in the United States of America. Because of this concern the federal government configured a temporary solution for society, called Food Stamps or now known as SNAPS. SNAPS stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Although this program helps to alleviate America’s hunger problems, it also created a new problem in the nation, which is obesity. Members on the Food Stamps program or SNAPS have abused ones advantage of discounted groceries and are buying cheaper foods that are unhealthy to one’s body. Bill Wolphin wrote for the article The Fat and the Hungry, “Currently, 127 million adult Americans are either overweight or obese.” In order to help cure the epidemic of obesity amongst the poor, massive changes need to be made in the area of assistance to mandate healthy options and eliminate the ease of processed and convenience foods which are readily available in food pantries, backpack programs, and low cost groceries.
The nation is suffering from a new epidemic from a program that had good intentions. The obesity rate for children has distantly increased over the past years and is continuing to grow. In the past thirty years, obesity has more than doubled in children and has tripled in young adults. This problem has both immediate and long-term effects in health and well-being in children and adolescents. The ...

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