A report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group revealed that of more than $260 billion spent for agricultural subsidies between 1995 and 2010, about $17 billion was used to subsidize four common food additives, including high-fructose corn syrup and soy oils. Researchers said the subsidies were also used in 14 of 37 ingredients in Hostess Twinkies. However, an American Farm Bureau spokesman said farm programs are not the culprit for childhood obesity, and he emphasized parental guidance as key for preventing obesity.

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