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How to eat healthfully on a smaller food budget

April 27, 2009
by Harlan Spector
Cleveland Plain Dealer

As people scale back spending, a resurgence in home cooking has been declared the food trend of 2009.

You might think the shift is a healthful one. But some say a bad economy actually fuels worse eating habits. They fear stressed budgets will push obesity rates even higher, putting more people at risk for Type 2 diabetes.

One in four Ohio adults is considered obese, and about 8 percent have diabetes. Most states experienced increases in both categories from 2007 to 2008, says the nonprofit Trust for America's Health.

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