Once again America is leading the world, but this time it’s no cause for celebration. New obesity data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveal that the United States has the highest obesity rate of all developed nations. What’s more, the new data show that overall obesity rates in the United States climbed 4 percent to 5 percent over the last 10 years, with more Americans now overweight or obese than ever before.
Fortunately, a key fix to the obesity epidemic lies with the federal legislation that shapes and influences America’s food supply: the U.S. farm bill. The omnibus legislation, which might more appropriately be called a food bill, helps determine which foods are produced, how they are produced and what foods are accessible throughout the United States.