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Invited Commentary
August 2016

How Society Subsidizes Big Food and Poor Health

Author Affiliations
  • 1Unit for Humanities at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
  • 2Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(8):1132-1133. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.3068

Approximately 80% of calories eaten in the United States are grown domestically.1 Yet, the US diet is a leading cause of morbidity. The analysis by Siegel et al2 in this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that through commodity subsidies that encourage poor diet we are, in part, paying for our own demise.

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