Income May Help Fuel Obesity, Study Finds
Higher-income Americans have rapidly packed on the pounds over the past three decades, new research released Monday claims. Researchers found that 26.8 percent of Americans whose families made $60,000 annually in 2001 and 2002 were obese, nearly a threefold increase since the early 1970s. In contrast, the percentage of obese individuals in lower-income families making $25,000 or less only rose from 22.5 percent to 32.5 percent during the same time period.
What’s going on here? “We don’t know,” said study co-author Dr. Jennifer G. Robinson, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Iowa. “This is a very surprising finding. It simply makes it clear that the obesity epidemic is a very complex phenomenon.”
Uh huh. I can corroborate these results personally. My body fat definitely is higher since I passed the $60k threshold. I’m sure it’s merely coincidental that I’m older, too.
The study findings conflict with the common assumption that obesity is a much larger problem for the poor. But it’s not clear that the same factors blamed for obesity in the poor — including fast food and lack of access to healthy foods — affect higher incomes as well, the researchers said.
Certainly. It’s a well known scientific fact that comparing rates of growth and absolute percentages yield exactly the same results. And, it goes without saying that $60k in 1970 and 2000 represent identical data points.