Tom Colicchio Quote

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This is what people don’t understand: obesity is a symptom of poverty. It’s not a lifestyle choice where people are just eating and not excercising. It’s because kids – and this is the problem with school lunch right now – are getting sugar, fat, empty calories – lots of calories – but no nutrition.

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  1. Families with limited economic resources may turn to food with poor nutritional quality because it is cheaper and more accessible [7]. Lack of physical activity is another commonly-cited problem fueling the obesity epidemic in America. Some low-income families live in neighborhoods where it is dangerous to play outside, reducing opportunities for both children and adults to exercise [8]. Furthermore, many low-income communities lack access to fresh and nutritious food. Instead of a supermarket, these neighborhoods may have an abundance of fast-food retailers and corner stores that are stocked with products high in fat and low in nutrients [9]. Additionally, low-income families are often targeted by food marketers with advertisements encouraging the consumption of nutrient-poor foods. In this environment, children in low-income families are especially hard hit, as evidence demonstrates that consistent exposure to such advertising increases the likelihood of adopting unhealthy dietary practices [10].

    [7] Drewnowski, Adam, Nicole Darmon, and André Briend. “Replacing Fats and Sweets With Vegetables and Fruits–A Question of Cost.
    [8] Siple, Julie. “Researchers Untangling Link between Hunger and Obesity.” MPR News.
    [9] Larson, Nicole I., Mary T. Story, and Melissa C. Nelson. “Neighborhood Environments: Disparities in Access to Healthy Foods in the U.S.
    [10] Grier, S. A., and S. K. Kumanyika. “The Context for Choice: Health Implications of Targeted Food and Beverage Marketing to African Americans.” American Journal of Public Health 98.

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