Jillian Michaels Urges Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to Eliminate Subsidies for Unhealthful Foods
Jillian Michaels wants to put the federal budget on a healthy diet. The no-nonsense health and wellness expert from television’s The Doctors is urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to slim down the nation’s bulging budget deficit by making five cuts to food and agricultural programs that promote the production and consumption of unhealthy foods. Read her letter to Majority Leader Reid:
The Honorable Harry Reid
United States Senate
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Majority Leader Reid:
I’m writing with an idea that could strengthen your deficit plan and save the nation hundreds of billions of dollars. Cutting subsidies for unhealthful foods would trim the nation’s budget—and Americans’ waistlines.
As the tough trainer from The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian, I’m teaming up with the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to propose a strict diet for America’s subsidy spending. I know that shedding costs can be almost as difficult as shedding excess pounds, but our plan could actually help with both.
Eliminating subsidies for unhealthful foods like processed meat and cheese would save taxpayers billions—and it would also help Americans trim their own waistlines. In the short term, we would see huge cost savings, and in the long term, we’d see even bigger savings in reduced health care spending. Unhealthy diets high in meat, cheese, processed foods, and sugar put people on track to develop type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other costly diseases.
Some of our government’s current policies and programs actually promote obesity and other diseases by supporting the production and consumption of the very foods that contribute to these health problems. But eliminating or reforming programs that support these unhealthful foods—and prioritizing healthful foods like fruits and vegetables in food assistance programs—would cut costs and disease rates.