The American Medical Association (AMA), resolved to work to remove sugar-sweetened beverages from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and encourage state health agencies to include nutrition information in routine materials sent to SNAP recipients. The nation’s largest physician organization adopted the new policy at its recent annual meeting.
Millions of Americans from low-income households receive assistance from SNAP. Studies have shown that sugar-sweetened beverages account for 58% of beverages purchased under SNAP. Consumption of sugar sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain and a higher risk of future obesity in children.
“The AMA is working to improve the nation’s healthcare outcomes, particularly cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which are often linked to obesity,” said AMA President Ardis Hoven, MD. “Removing sugar-sweetened beverages from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will help encourage healthier beverage choices.”