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Obesity Remains an Economic Issue

Ensuring access to healthy, affordable foods must be a top priority in tackling the obesity epidemic in the United States.

Recently, researchers combined a telephone survey with new geo-coding techniques and methods of spatial analysis to analyze economic access to food. Economic access has become a primary research focus in public health nutrition. Supermarket chains have specific demographics, and consumers differ by age, education, income, health, and even obesity rates.

Eurekalert reports:

"The county-wide obesity rate in 2007 was 19.8 percent, but ... the obesity rate was only four percent among Whole Foods and PCC shoppers ... Consumers who shop at most area supermarket chains have obesity rates at 25 percent and higher. Clearly, not all supermarkets are the same and economic access is determined by price."

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