Living on thinner budget leads some to fatty foods

September 7, 2009
Houston Chronicle

The recession may be thinning our wallets but not our waists. Dietitians say healthy eating could be a casualty of an economy that's making price tags more persuasive than nutrition labels.

Nationally, obesity levels have increased over the past year, and health experts say the weak economy likely will only add heft to the population.

"For better or for worse, calorie-dense foods tend to be cheaper than more nutritious food," said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America's Health, which co-commissioned the July obesity report. "We're worried that could exacerbate what's already a very difficult problem."

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