Monday, October 12, 2009

Healthy Diets and Environment

It is well known that one of the biggest obstacles to eating a healthy diet is access to healthy foods. For people who live in urban areas and struggling with finances the problem is even greater because many health foods are quite a bit more expensive. Dr Kelley Borradaile is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Temple University and her new study in the Journal Pediatrics takes a look at the fact that not only are there fewer supermarkets, but many of the foods offered in the corner grocery store are higher in trans fats. Her theory is that poor food options could be a leading risk factor for childhood obesity. This is a key issue because childhood obesity leads to more serious health problems down the road including heart disease and diabetes.
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