“Almost twice as many people at low incomes have poor diets compared to people at the highest income level,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, professor of nutrition at Tufts University and the lead author of the study published in JAMA on Tuesday.
Take a look at this chart and tell me who will be paying all the soda taxes that Philadelphia just approved:
Philadelphia is raising revenue on the backs of the poor. It’s wrong. If they want to tax soda, tax the companies that make it, don’t tax the consumer. But … they would never in a million years get a tax passed that targeted BigBeverage, so they go after the little guy.
There are many reasons why people with less money don’t eat as well as people with more money. It’s not just the cost of food. I itemized several of those reasons here: The External Costs Of Whole Food Plant-Based Diets. One I didn’t mention there was marketing:
Junk food and fast food are especially heavily marketed to low-income people. “Marketing has gotten better and more subtle and more insidious” Mozaffarian said.
If we want to improve the diets of everyone, rich and poor, we need to address the food environment. We need to stop blaming the individual who is a product of that environment.