Food insecurity linked to obesity

June 20, 2006 at 12:50 PM
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ATHENS, Ohio, June 20 (UPI) -- Members of rural Appalachian households who lack access to food or experience hunger are more likely to be obese and have diabetes, says a U.S. study.

Researcher David Holben, of Ohio University, found that subjects from households with greater levels of what medical, nutrition and dietetic professionals call "food insecurity" had a greater body mass index than those with smaller levels of food insecurity -- an average BMI of 30.3 vs. average BMI of 29.

Those from food-insecure households also were more likely to have diabetes -- 37.9 percent -- and to be overweight -- 48.1 percent -- than subjects from food-secure households -- 25.8 percent and 35.1 percent, respectively.

The study is published in the July issue of Preventing Chronic Disease.

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