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High cost of fruits, vegetables linked to higher body fat in young children
Date:2/20/2014

her-priced fruits and vegetables averaged higher measures of BMI scores compared with their peers in areas with lower-priced fruits and vegetables.

Another surprising finding was an association between higher fast food prices and an increase in obesity. Morrissey said local fast food outlets may have more freedom than grocery stores to increase their prices in response to higher demand for their products.

The study also identified a small association between higher-priced soft drinks and a lower likelihood of obesity among young children. The study did not find strong associations between food prices and food insecurity, meaning families forced by a lack of money to skip meals, cut portions or otherwise forgo food at some point.


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