Banning food stamp purchases of soda may help decrease obesity

, Posted: Thu, June 5 2014 at 4:07 PM, Updated: Thu, June 5 2014 at 10:38 PM

Banning food stamp purchases of soda may help decrease obesity

Stanford, Calif. -- Banning food stamp purchases of soda and other sugary drinks could cause a major drop in obesity and diabetes among the poor.

That's the finding of a new study published in the Academic Journal Health Affairs.

Stanford researchers say banning these sweet drinks could prevent more than $130,000 kids from getting obese.

It could also keep another 200,000 adults from developing type-two diabetes.

This study comes as critics say the federal food stamp program supports the purchase of sugary drinks that don't have nutritional value.

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