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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Does Where We Shop Matter?

My jaw was gaping open the whole time I read this article from MSNBC about more expensive grocery stores having thinner shoppers. The first post I read tried to twist the research to say that shopping at these more expensive stores would make you lose weight. Not likely...

The article starts out like this:
The percentage of food shoppers who are obese is almost 10 times higher at low-cost grocery stores compared with upscale markets, a small new study shows.

Researchers say the striking findings underscore poverty as a key factor in America’s growing girth.

Sad. And scary.

Here's another quote that really got me:
... a calorie-dense diet cost $3.52 a day compared with $36.32 a day for a low-calorie diet.

How can that be? And how can we fix it?

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  • I don't know that it's the store that matters so much as the budget. The more budget-minded may turn toward more prepared foods and shy away from fresh meats and produce.

    By Blogger ECL 1996, at May 25, 2010 4:58 PM  

  • Most definitely. When money is tight, I can imagine that buying three fast food hamburgers for three people would make more sense that buying a single proud of broccoli. Unfortunately...

    By Blogger Summer, at May 25, 2010 5:02 PM  

  • Cheaper, filling foods are carb-rich. Beans and rice, pasta, etc. -- by the time you've eaten enough to stay full, you've exceeded the calorie limit. However, it beats McDonalds. There's fat-healthy and fat-unhealthy -- it's a start, anyway.

    By Blogger Pan's Pantry, at May 26, 2010 8:28 AM  

  • So true. Just getting started with a good first step -- whether for weight loss or overall health -- is incredibly important!

    By Blogger Summer, at May 26, 2010 8:41 AM  

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