Poverty, Ethnicity Affect Obesity Among Children

A recent scientific analysis shows that children from low-income families are more at risk at obesity than kids from other ethnicities and economic classes. Socioeconomic factors seem to produce a profound effect on childhood obesity. Firstly, cheap food like KFC and McDonald’s “makes up a greater proportion of the diet of lower-income individuals” (1). At second, children’s obesity prevalence also depends on the living location. According to the California Fitnessgram data, most of the phenomenon of childhood obesity occurred at lower-income districts. The last factor is the limited time. The decreasing job opportunities and the increased working time have been associated with a significant shift in family eating habits (Cutler DM, Glaeser EL, &Shapiro JM, 2008). It sounds impossible for the lower-income parents to spend limited time with their children.


  1. Darmon N, Drewnowski A: Does social class predict diet quality? Am J Clin Nutr 87:1107–1117, 2008 [PubMed]
  2. Cutler DM, Glaeser EL, Shapiro JM: Why have Americans become more obese? NBER working paper no. 9446 [online], 2008. Available from http://www.nber.org/papers/w9446. Accessed 2 June 2008
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