Any Government Nutrition Program That ACTUALLY Worked?

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Norway has introduced high taxes on sugar and alcohol among other things, that has lead to a decrease in overall consumption in the population.


WIC has great research behind the program for healthier moms and babies, not just for food but for improving health. This includes lower rates of iron anemia in pregnant women and children, increase in fruit/veggie intake in children, increasing breastfeeding rates in lower income communities. One initiative in California WICs used “pacedbottled” feeding which reduced the need for specialized formula in infants by more than half. For every dollar spent on wic, we save $3 having healthier moms and babies.


Vitamin D was added as a public health program in the 30’s to reduce incidence of rickets


The biggest one for me is folate or folic acid fortification in Canada. In the 80s Canada had a high percentage of neural tube defect infants, which is usually caused due to folate deficiency. All of our grains are fortified with folic acid know and we saw a steep decline as a country in ntd births


I’m not even sure how you would tell. Almost all countries have the same dietary guidelines, almost no one follows them, and countries experience wide variations in obesity, CVD, etc. You could, I suppose, claim that the Japanese or Korean program worked because they did not see as much of a rise in obesity compared to Western countries and even most developing countries, but I expect that has more to do with their traditional diet/cultural tastes rather than any deliberate program.