Low income communities are more prone to childhood obesity

Since a prolonged period of time, researchers have been tracking higher rates of flabbiness among children of the low income communities. Study reports have illustrated that family income considerably matters in foretelling that children are overweight. Another similar study conducted on obesity has revealed that food insecurity and obesity co-exist and are significantly associated with one another. In fact, both food insecurity and obesity may be independent outcomes of low income and the lack of access to proper and sufficient nutritious food or the features of poverty. To be specific, childhood obesity is on the rise among food insecure children of the low income communities because they are subjected to the same challenging cultural changes just like their counterparts of the well-off communities; e.g., increased size of portion and sedentary lifestyle. Moreover, the kids of low income groups face exceptional challenges when it comes to adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors.

1 Low income communities have limited resources and lack access to affordable and healthy foods

There is always a lack of proper farmer’s markets and full service grocery stores in the neighbourhoods of the low income communities. Here people lack access to high quality vegetables and fruits, whole grains, low fat dairy products, etc. Only few of the residents of such communities who have reliable transportation provisions are able to shop for fresh produce and low fat products from corner stores that are located at quite a distance from the neighbourhood. Studies have shown that neighbourhoods with better access to supermarkets are deemed to have healthier diet with less risk of childhood obesity.

Low income communities have limited resources and lack access to affordabl

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