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There are many concerns of the growing number of people in the Nation with poor nutrition, health issues, and obesity. With one-third of American children overweight or obese and national health care spending on obesity nearing $150 billion annually, childhood obesity remains a pressing public health concern. Taxpayers fund about $60 billion of these costs through Medicare and Medicaid. (Childhood Obesity, 2011) Expert on all sides agree that there should be some sort of legislate enacted to help minimize obesity and maximize an assorted effort to establish guidelines to help American get in shape and be healthier. Virginia appropriates $2,054,253 for state-funded incentive programs to maximize federal school nutrition revenues and increase student participation in the school breakfast program. State incentive funds are designed to reimburse school districts for breakfast meals served that are in excess of the baseline established by the U.S. Department of Education. (Childhood Obesity, 2011) This appropriation shows that states are taking a comprehensive approach to stopping the chronic obesity problem in the Nation.  A way in which this can be changed is by not allowing those under government help to use such help for unhealthy foods.  "It's reasonable to experiment about whether we can remove some of the snack foods from the SNAP program, just like beer and tobacco — you can't buy products and get them paid for with food stamps"(Carpenter, 2013).  To me this makes sense.  There should be no funding for things that do not help your health. 
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