Cheap food playing key role in rising obesity

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Two-thirds of Americans are now considered overweight or obese, and electronic entertainment, increased sedentary time, and larger portion sizes have all been blamed, but researchers found it

Americans now spend a much smaller share of their income on food than 50 years ago, but get more for it.

(NBC) - A new study reveals the availability of inexpensive food is a key factor in the rising obesity epidemic.

Two-thirds of Americans are now considered overweight or obese, and electronic entertainment, increased sedentary time, and larger portion sizes have all been blamed.

But researchers found it's the widespread access to convenience and fast foods that has the strongest link to obesity.

Americans now spend a much smaller share of their income on food than 50 years ago, but get more for it.

Experts say while boosting exercise and fruit and vegetable consumption is a great goal for overall health reasons, the best way to attack obesity is reducing calorie consumption. Especially from sugary drinks and salted snacks.


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