Subsidization of Healthy and Nutritious Foods

Subsidization of Healthy and Nutritious Foods

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Maggie Stallings started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

In our country 90% of Americans do not eat enough vegetables or fruits. This directly correlates to the estimated 160 million people that are either obese or overweight and 133 million Americans are plagued by chronic diseases. Similarly, according to the Maryland Department of Heath, "28.3% of adults are considered obese. Of adults who are overweight or obese, 45% had high blood pressure and 47% had high cholesterol; 23% of adults who were obese had diabetes". 15.8% of Maryland's children are obese and 17.1% overweight. Our nation and state has a serious problem on our hands, but there is hope and a solution. The Maryland Department of Health also states, "at least 80% of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes and 40% of some cancers are preventable through proper nutrition". Proper. Nutrition. That is what is needed, but the government is too busy financing products that are processed and packaged which has caused healthy food's prices to increase and be unattainable for some and disinterest others. Our country's downhill slope to chronic diseases can change with your help! Sign to promote the finical support of farms and business that produce healthy and nutrient rich foods. If our government would subsidize healthy foods, the prices of these foods would reduce immensely, and the food deserts and houses that struggle with food insecurity would plummet. We would be a country that not only provides for all but cares for the health of all our citizens! 

Just in Maryland alone "chronic diseases cost $5.2 billion in treatment expenditures in 2003 and another $20.5 billion in lost productivity". What does this mean? We are paying for our malnutrition both physically and financially. What if we started a new trend? What if, instead of waiting for obesity and chronic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease, we attacked them in the best way we know how? Our government will not make a change until we decide and take ownership of our health and our children's heath once and for all!

What kind of country do you want to live in? 

 

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