Government policies to reduce obesity: suggestions for action
Thanks to all who commented on my April 1 (not a joke) post on inadvertant government policies that promote obesity.
Thanks in particular to Joshua De Voto who forwarded a link to the Sean Faircloth article that kicked off this discussion.
What’s remarkable about the list of items is that they constitute a policy agenda for health promotion. Just turn them around:
- Subsidize development of trails and sidewalks in cities and communities.
- Pass zoning laws that encourage foot and bicycle traffic.
- Provide nutrition information in fast food and other restaurants (fingers crossed that the FDA will eventually get on this).
- Require physical education, nutrition, and cooking classes in schools.
- Ban marketing of junk foods to children.
- Ban marketing of junk foods in schools (USDA is trying to do this).
- Subsidize production of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Subsidize healthy foods in programs for poor people.
- Eliminate corporate tax deductions for marketing.
- Permit lawsuits against food companies.
I can think of other policies well worth promoting.
Please add to the list!