Some believe Americans may put on extra weight in getting through the tough recession.
Wired PR News.com – The recession may have significantly impacted the spending habits of Americans, but some fear that the tough economic circumstances will lead to a number of individuals experiencing unhealthy weight gain. As reported by Reuters, health experts have proposed that lower incomes may lead to many Americans taking on a less healthy diet, as past studies have shown there to be a correlation between the two factors.
Adam Drewnowski of the Seattle based University of Washington Nutrition Science Program is quoted in the Reuters report as stating, “People … are going to economize and as they save money on food they will be eating more empty calories or foods high in sugar, saturated fats and refined grains, which are cheaper… Obesity is a toxic result of a failing economic environment.”
The success of seemingly recession proof fast food chains such as McDonalds, whose menu includes low cost value items, to some gives validity to the fears, with an anticipated sales profit when many are experiencing dramatic losses.
Some recommend that Americans be mindful of the foods they eat while getting through economic difficulty by finding affordable foods that are rich in nutrients.