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Study Finds That Poverty May Be At The Core Of The Obesity Epidemic

May 24, 2010: 05:54 AM EST
In a study designed to find out who buys what food, why, where and for how much, researchers in Seattle, Wash., came up with some surprising findings. Distance from a supermarket, for example, is not as important to grocery shoppers as some suppose. Researchers who gathered data from phone surveys or from geographic analysis found that 86 percent of people shopped for groceries outside their immediate neighborhood, often traveling more than three miles to save money, not to find healthier food options. Additionally, obese food shoppers are ten times more likely to shop at cheaper-priced grocery stores than upscale stores, a finding that suggests that poverty may be the determining factor in America's obesity epidemic.
JoNel Aleccia, Health writer, "Pricey grocery stores attract skinniest shoppers", msnbc.com, May 24, 2010, © msnbc.com
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