Santa Monica, Cal. — American waistlines have been widening for decades, and researchers at the RAND corporation say cheap food is to blame.
The new research into accessibility to healthier foods is prompting new calls for a tax on unhealthy food.
Looking at data gathered over the past sixty years, it turns out that Americans actually exercise more than we did in the past and we have better access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
But Americans today also have the least expensive food in the developed world.
We only spend a tenth of our income on food, down from 14 percent only 40 years ago.
The RAND Corporation suggests taxing those unhealthy foods as a way to shift people’s eating habits. But they admit that this idea isn’t very popular.
New York City tried to impose a ban on large soda drinks. It was halted by the New York Supreme Court.
In 2011, Denamrk imposed a tax on foods with high-saturated fats, only to repeal it one year later.
You can read the full report and recommendations here.