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Can an Economic Crisis Make Us Fatter?


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Would you expect people to become overweight when, in difficult economic times, they have to struggle hard?

Under such dire economic circumstances people purchase cheaper, lower quality food, often containing unhealthy additives.

This may contribute to a population getting more obese, because people have less money in their pockets to spend.

When unemployment rises by 1%, spending on fruit and vegetables has been estimated to decline, in monetary terms, by 6%.


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obese: very fat.
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Read by John Edwin Skelton.