Food Stamps and Obesity



For over three decades now the U.S.D.A has facilitated the provision of food stamps to the elderly, homeless or disabled recipients to purchase food. This has opened doors to Taco Bell, KFC and other fast-food joints (Weimer 98). Alarmingly, this has brewed conflict between the anti-hunger reformists on one side and nutritionists/food reformers on the other. Controlling for the socioeconomic status, women who receive the food stamps have recorded a higher estimate in obese numbers than women that don’t benefit from the same. Nevertheless, there has been no realization of any probable correlation between food stamps benefit and obesity in low-income men. Studies have been unable to show a similar consistent relationship in children. Several hypotheses explain a correlation between food stamps and obesity in adults. This review suggests a conceptual framework connecting the food stamp program and obesity relationship. It is important to note that correlation is not causation despite this fact numerous surveys have reflected that obesity and food stamps benefits are strongly related. Food stamps programs have made a considerable effort in battling with hunger but through its expansion in the country, it has equally influenced the rates of obesity. More than 40% of women in the U.S.A in the low-income category are obese, the rate is getting higher in the woman populace that participates in the food stamps program (Vosti &amp. Sumner 207). Researchers have consequently been trying to decipher whether this is caused by the provision of food stamps or rather if there is a correlation between obesity and food stamps. It is rightfully assumed that women susceptible to obesity are the ones that are most riveted in accruing the food stamps benefits. A major contributing factor is that the supermarkets in these poor neighborhoods make junk food available these unhealthy consumption habits choices underwrite an obesity epidemic that affects mostly the poor (Ver &amp. Riaston 90).