07 October 2010
"Don't worry. I'll take care of the lightning; you just take care of your pop."
Mayor Bloomberg is trying to disallow people from using food stamps to buy sugary drinks (e.g. Coca Cola) as a way to fight obesity which is largely seen as a rising health problem in the U.S. A number of studies have provided evidence that those with lower socioeconomic status (SES) are more likely to be obese. While obesity disproportionately affects those who use food stamps, is it just for us to limit poor folks' access to soda but not more affluent people? A better response to the obesity epidemic would be to address the structural constraints that limit poor folks' access to healthier foods. Even better than that would be a legitimate attempt to eliminate poverty itself.