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Mon Mar 18, 2013, 02:32 PM

1. Maybe we should look at the 66% who are not obese...

I believe that poverty does play a role in obesity. I am pretty sure it is a factor for me at least. I have lived in a food Oasis before and it's very difficult in those areas to get fresh food everyday or even every 3 days or so. It just is, I had to take the bus everywhere and that can get somewhat expensive as well, even with a card since you pay extra for rush hour or pay extra to not have to carry change for rush hour. Also since you take the bus it takes longer to commute, to shop, to get to appointments, etc... and it's also true that eating healthy can be a bit more expensive if you don't know what you are doing and I didn't.

So, that being said. I think we can learn more by studying the people who are both poor and not obese. Like do they really eat different foods or do they just eat significantly less. Or do they eat the same amount, but are much more active. Or do they eat somewhat better food and are somewhat more active. Or are they poor, but have access to a car or better access to healthier foods. Or are they poor and have less commuting time to their jobs, appointments, grocery stores, etc... Take NYC for example I have heard people mostly walk everywhere so that is probably a factor even if you are poor if you have to walk everywhere you will probably be thinner. I think a study will show that even among poor people lifestyles can be vastly different and that even with the challenge of poverty a person isn't doomed to be obese after all 2 in 3 are not.

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