People who live in chic neighborhoods with high property values are less likely to be obese than those who live in under-privileged areas, a study published Wednesday showed.
This article says that for every increase of $100,000 value of housing in a postal zip code, the percentage of obese people decreases by 2 percent. Well, DUH! The more money you have, the healthier the food you can buy, the better you can afford to belong to a gym, and usually, the better your health care is. Not to mention that the thinner you are, the more money you will make because you are not being discriminated against for being fat (fewer promotions if hired, lower pay if hired, or not being hired at all if you are fat) so the better you can afford to live in a higher-priced neighborhood.
"Obesity is an economic issue," Adam Drewnowski, director of the university's center for obesity research and leader of the study, said in a statement.
Yep, it's an economic issue all right, for the diet industry and big pharma and those who manufacture the instruments, etc used in WLS. If the hysteria about the so-called obesity epidemic were to die, they would lose billions of dollars. So they continue to perpetuate the lie that fat will kill you so you will keep spending money on diets that don't work and weight loss surgeries that can cause more problems than you had before the surgery.
If the outcry about the obesity epidemic were really about our health, the money would be spent ensuring that everyone had access to health care, everyone had access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, and everyone had the time to prepare and eat healthy meals. Somehow, I don't think that's going to happen. It's so much easier to blame the fat person for being fat (lazy, stupid, smelly, ugly, gluttonous pigs who don't care about themselves). Stereotypes don't prove anything, except the ignorance of those who believe them.