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Professors Argue People On Food Stamps May Need More Support To Make Healthy Food Choices

By Stacey McDaniel

Sarah Bowen and Sinikka Elliott, associate professors of sociology at North Carolina State University, write in The Hill (2/17, Bowen, Elliott, 1.25M) “Congress” blog, arguing against moves to prohibit using “food stamps to buy junk food.” They say such proposals are “another way poor people are routinely shamed and stigmatized.” They argue that people receiving food stamps eat “about the same amount of ‘empty calories’” as people not receiving food stamps, but they eat less “healthy but relatively expensive foods, such as seafood, fresh fruit, and vegetables.” They cite a study finding that “increasing SNAP benefits would lead to healthier food purchases.”

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