Study ties discount supermarkets to higher obesity rates

The HealthDay reports a study using data from the “the Seattle Obesity Study and information collected from a 25-minute phone survey,” published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that those “who shop at lower-cost supermarkets are more likely to be obese than those who shop at higher-priced stores.”

Researcher found that “the prevalence of obesity was just 9 percent among those who shopped at higher-priced supermarkets, compared to 27 percent at lower-cost stores.” On the “Wonk Blog” of the the Washington (DC) Post Sarah Kliff writes that the study also found that “of 1,682 Seattle residents, he found only 14 percent shopped at the supermarket nearest to them.”

The study noted, “These findings ran counter to previous research consensus that physical proximity to supermarkets had a major influence on diets.” Kliff adds that this study “suggests it might be worth putting more focus on” reducing economic barriers to healthy food.

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