I have heard about people putting on weight while they are in stress but the recent study is somewhat comical. A study of more than 9,000 people found links between being in debt and an increased risk of being fat, and researchers warned that a squeeze on household incomes during the current economic downturn could increase stress-induced “comfort eating” and drive people away from higher-priced healthy foods. Energy dense foods such as sweets or fatty snacks are often less expensive compared to food with lower energy density such as fruit or vegetables.
Recession is biting in the United States and across Europe, with unemployment and home repossessions rising fast. The study found that “a remarkable increase in the number of over-indebted people in European countries and the U.S. can currently be observed.” Of the 949 in the study who were in debt, the researchers found that 25 percent were medically obese, compared with only 11 percent of the 8,318 non-indebted people in the study. Publishing their findings in the BioMed Central journal, the researchers also said debt can affect the risks for a range of chronic diseases by reducing the amount of time devoted to leisure activities and social events. So I have come to the conclusion we are living in a world where the poor have no option but to get fat. And we thought people were finding it difficult to meet ends during recession.
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