Almost one in five children aged six to eleven are seriously overweight, making them highly vulnerable to heart disease, diabetes and other serious illnesses.
At the same time, Congress and the Department of Agriculture are spending more than $1.28 billion annually to subsidize the crops that are used as additives in manufacturing cookies, candies, soda pop and other highly popular junk food that arguably are among the primary contributors to childhood obesity. The sweet, fatty and calorie-rich Hostess Twinkies alone contain 14 ingredients made with highly subsidized processed ingredients, including corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and vegetable shortening--How Billions In Tax Dollars Subsidize The Junk Food Industry
Between 1995 and 2014, the US has spent $94, 349,576,890 subsidizing corn. That is $94 billion dollars my friends.
There are similar trends in soybeans and wheat. But investments in health top out at 1.8 billion for diabetes in 2016.
There is no similar trend in spending for fresh fruit and vegetables--the sources of nutrition and health we are encouraged to include several times per day.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016 increased discretionary funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to $1.818 billion, an increase of over $68 million compared to FY2015. This robust funding will allow the institute to expand promising research toward improved treatments and move us closer to a cure for diabetes.
The legislation also provided significantly increased funding of $170.129 million for the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The $30 million funding increase will help the agency better carry out its mission to reduce the preventable burden of diabetes.
Last, the spending bill doubled funding for the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program to $20 million. This increased funding will allow more individuals with prediabetes to access evidence-based community prevention programs that can help lower their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.