Cheaper Eats the Real Cause of Obesity?
the MPR take:
Can the obesity epidemic be blamed on the availability of cheaper food? Yes, says a study published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. People these days are spending less money on food (about 1/10 of their income compared to 1/5 in the 1950s and 1/4 in the 1930s), and less money spent on food typically leans towards less healthy food options. The researchers point out that even if more fruits and vegetables are readily available and at lower prices, it would still probably not drive people to eat them because of the overabundance of low cost, calorie-dense foods. More needs to be done to promote less calorie consumption in general, especially foods that contain high levels of salt and sugar. Increasing fruit and vegetable consumption alone will not prevent obesity.
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