That’s what scholars at Stanford University and University of California, San Francisco, concluded in an article in Health Affairs. The authors compare two policies: banning the use of food stamps for the purchase of soda pop, or giving an extra subsidy of thirty cents on the dollar for the purchase of fruits and vegetables.
They conclude that the ban on soda pop would have a greater impact on obesity. However, they've missed an important factor: Food stamp recipients use soda pop as currency.
Read the entire column at The Independent Institute's Beacon blog or John Goodman's Health Policy Blog.