S.N.A.P. tries to help decrease Obesity in U.S.

by Simon Dupuis on Octobre 4, 2017 - 5:38pm

Health care has skyrocketed in the U.S. in the past decades due to increasing rates of obesity. The cause of this is that Americans are buying unhealthy products. This phenomenon can be decreased by changing the store’s structure. When going to the supermarket, the essential products, like milk or eggs, are placed in the back. This way, costumers must walk through the store, and they see many other products, which leads to unplanned purchases. The most common unplanned purchases are sugar-sweetened beverages and other junk food. SNAP, the supplemental nutrition assistance program, plans, is trying to change this process by giving their approval to stores who do not use this tactic and instead lets unhealthy food in discreet position. This would allow costumers to continue to have freedom of choice on their purchases while encouraging them to eat healthier.

I am in favor of this initiative, as it consider's the costumer's free will and does not restrict it in any way. The initiative is also quite easy to execute, because it does not require laws to be passed, rather it only encourages americans to adopt a certain lifestyle. SNAP supports american households with poor income by giving them money to enable them to feed themselves, thus the people who receive their help would recognize them and choose shops they would approove of. Unfortunately, SNAP is not a famous organization that would be recognized by every American, thus their approval may not be a compelling reason to the average american to change stores they visit. In short, this measure is not extreme enough to make a massive difference, but it is minor enough to not draw in controversy.



Source: Sunstein, C. R., Thorndike, A. N. (2017).  0besity Prevention in the Supermarket--Choice Architecture and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. American Journal of Public Health, 107 (10). 1582-83.

doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303991 

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