Ending childhood obesity requires tackling poverty, too

July 23, 2011
by Carly Rothman
Newark Star Ledger

The fact that 15.4 percent of New Jersey children are obese is of concern — especially considering that rate is worse elsewhere in the country.

The numbers seem even scarier when you consider this: Obesity and poverty go hand in hand.

It may seem counter-intuitive. The word "hunger" brings to mind images of skeletal children, not overweight ones. But the reality is, that in this country, the cheapest food is often the worst for us. Healthier options like fresh fruit and whole grains can come at a hefty price — prohibitive for some struggling families, who choose cheaper, less nutritious foods over empty plates.

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