Conditions and Diseases
Obesity and Metabolism Disorders

Is obesity related to poverty?

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2007-12-14 14:05:33

cheaper foods tend to be higher in calories and lower in other

nutrients. The result is that eating poor quality foods tends to

encourage people to eat more in the body's natural effort to get

those nutrients. Yes, at least somewhat. Especially in developed

nations, more nutritious food is more expensive. Cheap foods are

also very dense in calories. Poor people are also frequently

engaged in fairly sedentary tasks for long hours, and can't afford

the luxury of a gym membership or time to exercise. Additionally,

people in poverty tend to be less educated and knowledgable about

proper nutrition.

Answer 66% of the adults and 16% of the children in the US are

overweight, while the poverty level in the US is below 13% (in

2004) of the population.

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