The Poverty and Obesity Epidemic Essay

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In the United States, as of 2001, 34% of the population was overweight. (Townsend)
Overweight and obesity would seem to be problems associated with the United State’s wealth and more than sufficient food supply. Much attention in recent years has been paid to people becoming more physically fit and changing their diets to become healthier. Gastric bypass surgery has become a popular choice for people trying to overcome extreme obesity. The operation limits “food intake by creating a narrow passage from the upper part of the stomach into the larger lower part, reducing the amount of food the stomach can hold and slowing the passage of food through the stomach.” (NIDDK) The presence of this emphasis on health and nutrition would seem
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Often food stamps can be depleted before the next distribution. When food stamps run out, there is an involuntary restriction of food. The hypothesis suggests that the cycle of food restriction at the end of the month followed by bingeing would promote weight gain. (Townsend) The main reasons for obesity and overweight in low-income groups would be periodic food restriction and a poor nutritional diet due to financial restrictions.
Hunger and obesity affect many different types of people; however, one of the most affected groups is the female-headed family. According to Bread for the World, in 2003, 28% of female-headed families were in poverty, compared to 12.5% of the total population. In 2003, the poverty line was $14,824 for a single mother with two children; however, this amount was not enough to meet the needs of that family according to a Wider Opportunities for Women estimate.
A mother with two young children would need between $17,713 and $33,170 in 2003. (Bread for the World) Therefore a huge portion of these families does not have enough money to meet their needs. There is prevalence among this type of family for the mother to be overweight. When incomes get lower and food insecurity increases, “women do more skipping of meals in order to feed their kids.”(Olson) In fact even though families above the poverty line, but below the
$17,713 do not have enough resources, they receive very little

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