Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

January 2005


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 01/03/2005. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


In recent months there has been increased public attention directed to federal farm subsidies and their role in causing consumers to be overweight. The problems caused by an overweight population centers on health problems and increased health costs. Heart problems, diabetes and other health problems are associated with overweight individuals. Other difficulties arise from an overweight nation, such as those observed in air travel with increased fuel costs, less seat room and lift-off concerns. The issue is also apparent by observing the attention given to diets and new diet programs.