Study: Banning Soda From Food Stamp Purchases Could Curb Obesity and Diabetes Rates

A new study by researchers at Stanford University is suggesting that making soda and other sugary drinks ineligible for purchase with SNAP funds could result in nearly a quarter million fewer diabetes cases in adults, and over 140,000 fewer obese children.

Banning soda and other sugary drinks from food stamps would lead to significant drops in obesity and diabetes rates among the poor, according to a new study.

It would prevent at least 141,000 kids from getting fat and another 240,000 adults from developing Type 2 diabetes, the kind that usually stems from obesity, according to Stanford University medical researchers in a study published in the June issue of the academic journal Health Affairs.

Over 2 billion SNAP dollars are spent each year on sugary drinks, which accounts for about 58 percent of all beverages purchased with the program.

A 2012 article published in The American Journal for Clinical Nutrition found that adults enrolled in SNAP experienced higher rates of obesity and larger waist circumference numbers than people not on the program.

SNAP dollars cannot be used on pet food, cigarettes, or alcohol, but are eligible for items such as candy, energy drinks, and mixers for alcoholic beverages.