Obesity Linked To Low Wages

23 Jun

Further banishing the image of the ‘fat cat’ rich person, a new UC Davis study has found that minimum wage employees are more likely to be obese.

Minimum wages have been maintained or have fallen for the last 3 decades, meaning many full-time workers are moving closer and closer to the poverty line as the cost of living increases.

The low wages affect weight in at least 2 clear ways: firstly by affecting buyer power as people are less able to afford and even source healthier food options, and also by restricting exercise by the lack of safe outdoor parks and facilities.

Would raising the minimum wage lower obesity rates?  What do you think?

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One Response to “Obesity Linked To Low Wages”

  1. Jillybean June 23, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    I think it is down to education personally – lower income families need more basic education with regards to food and preperation and the benefits of healthy foods 🙂

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