“Hunger, obesity and stress – three things that go hand in hand for low income families”

“Studies suggest that hunger — even if it’s only experienced for brief periods during childhood and adolescence — can lead to outcomes that last a lifetime, including… obesity…When you look at dietary indicators, and what households are eating, we find that those who are food insecure are more likely to eat high calorie, dense foods — your chips, potatoes, processed meats — and much less fruits and vegetables. And it’s not hard to realize that it comes down to finances. Lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables are much more costly and perishable. It’s easier to stretch your food dollars much further if you have the inexpensive, high-calorie, dense foods.”

For more: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2014/01/why-stress-and-money-woes-may-lead-to-weight-gain.html

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