US: obesity as a sign of success

The poor are most likely to be fat, but the more affluent are closing the gap. C is growing fastest among &to=http:// ' target=_blank>Americans who make more than $60,000 a year, researchers reported Monday.

For years doctors have known that the people most likely to be overweight have the lowest incomes. Fresh produce and other healthful fare can be expensive as well as less-accessible than fast food and other high-fat options in low-income neighborhoods.

Just last week a report criticized the government nutrition program that feeds millions of &to=http:// ' target=_blank>low-income women and children for, among other things, providing hardly any fresh produce and favoring high-calorie juice over fruit.

In the early 1970s, 22.5 percent of people with incomes below $25,000 were obese. By 2002, 32.5 percent of the poor were, they found.

By comparison, just 9.7 percent of people with incomes above $60,000 were obese in the 1970s -- a figure that jumped to 26.8 percent in 2002, reports the Detroid News.

According to IOL, the poor still are the most likely to be fat, said Dr Adam Drewnowski of the University of Washington, a prominent expert on the problem.

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