Difference Between Poverty And Obesity

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Obesity Equals Poverty
The long lasting argument between people of all ages and races, around the world…are poor people targeted and accused of being the cause of obesity? Though many articles, nutritionist, dietitians, and studies have shown poverty is the leading cause of obesity across the world. Poverty When living in a low income area healthy foods are too expensive to purchase and there are many dangers of living in a low income areas. Obesity affects many people around the world, especially those that live in poverty. Most importantly the cost of health foods are much higher than the cost of unhealthy foods. The prices of healthy produce has increased, making it difficult for low income areas to get fresh produce. In a recent article,
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With low-income neighborhoods lacking the proper healthy produce that most wealthy areas get, there are less opportunities for those individuals to maintain a healthy diet. In the article. “ Gap in Diet Quality Between Wealthiest and Poorest American Doubles, Study Finds” written by, Tracie McMillan. All though the study found the diet of all Americans improved on average between 2005 and 2010, the progress masked a decline in diet quality among the poor. Doubling gap equality between the wealthiest americans and poorest (McMillan). The noticeable gap equality between the wealthy and poor is a example of lack of distribution of healthy foods to those individuals with low incomes, making it more likely to gain weight and buy unhealthy foods. Besides, the cost of buying meal to meal, day to day, or month to month affects the cost groceries. Based on the studies in the article, “Can You …show more content…
U.S. “Department of Agriculture conducted a study that insists you do not have to spend more money by being healthier. One USDA study found that if you are eating 2,000 calories from breakfast to bedtime, you should be able to consume all the vegetables and fruit you need for $2 to $2.50 a day. The fruits and vegetables cost $0.31 per portion and the snacks were $0.31 per portion.”(William) Being healthy does not mean spending more money. Nanci Hellmich says, “when considering portion size the ranking from least to most expensive is: grains, dairy, vegetables, fruit, protein and less healthy foods. Although it may seem like it eating healthier is cheap, it is not. Americans consume 1,000 more calories per week that they did in 1985(Can you Afford). Junk food causes you to crave more food, meaning a high calorie intake with low energy foods. Consumers eat only junk food end up buying and consuming more, in contrast to buy healthy foods that fulfill their

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