Tax junk food: that’ll help.
A recent study involving 42 mothers were given 22$ to feed a family of 4 for a week.
In the simulated supermarket, the women had the choice of 30 healthy and 30 junk food items, four healthy beverages — two types of juice, skim milk and water — and four sugary drinks, all represented in images. The women went shopping five times. The first time, the prices of all the food and drink items were on par with those in a local supermarket. Twice, the prices of healthier foods — those that deliver more nutrients for fewer calories — were lowered, and on the remaining two shopping trips, the prices of the unhealthy food and drink items were raised. The researchers found that hiking the price of junk food, as would happen with a so-called “sin tax,” was more effective at getting the women to buy a week’s shopping that was lower in overall calories than was cutting the price of the healthy food items.
I have so many issues with this study its crazy…first off…..42 people is hardly a good enough sample to even call this an experiment, and, at least at MY university would be thrown out for too small a sample size, but apparently it was good enough for the University of Buffalo (hardly a top research facility) psych dept. Secondly, unless i am eating ramen and mac and cheese 4 nights a week, I don’t know ANYONE that can feed a family of 4 for 22$. Cant be done. Of COURSE if they give you 22 dollars for a week and they lower the prices on “healthy stuff” you get the “bad” food with more calories….so your family of four can freaking LIVE.
Personally, I am all for taxing soda and “junk” food….i don’t think junk food is healthy…tax away, especially if it lowers the price of stuff like grapes. and bananas. BUT HEALTHY FOOD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OBESITY. Besides, I just dont like badly done studies.