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Quick hit: The Obesity-Hunger Paradox

March 24, 2010
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From the New York Times (yes a few weeks ago, give a grad student a break):

Full-service, reasonably priced supermarkets are rare in impoverished neighborhoods, and the ones that are there tend to carry more processed foods than seasonal fruits and vegetables. A 2008 study by the city government showed that 9 of the Bronx’s 12 community districts had too few supermarkets, forcing huge swaths of the borough to rely largely on unhealthful, but cheap, food.

“When you’re just trying to get your calorie intake, you’re going to get what fills your belly,” said Mr. Berg, the author of “All You Can Eat: How Hungry Is America?” “And that may make you heavier even as you’re really struggling to secure enough food.”

Pretty solid article, though it loses major points for seriously using the term “excessively fat.” But it’s nice to see food insecurity discussed like this.

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