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Getting fat? Blame the recession

May 7, 2009


Nervousness over the economy is sending Americans straight to the pantry, with four out of 10 workers reporting a weight gain, according to a survey.

Of 4,435 workers responding between Feb. 20 and March 11 to a survey, a quarter said they had gained more than 10 pounds, and 12 percent said they gained more than 20 pounds.

Rosemary Haefner,’s vice president of human resources, said it was in part a reaction to today’s economic stress as well as poor eating habits.

One of the culprits? A snack attack. Over two-thirds of those responding said they had a snack at least once a day; 24 percent snacked twice a day.

This finding runs counter to the message from Dr. Stephen Bezruchka of the University of Washington, who recently noted that death rates in America tend to drop during economic hard times. He says mortality data going back to before the Great Depression shows that health outcomes are better during economic busts rather than during booms. Other research has shown that smoking rates, drinking and obesity increase during times of prosperity.


JaydenJ 9 years, 1 month ago

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SeaFox 9 years, 1 month ago

Hey JaydenJ,

Are you an advertiser for the payday loan people, or did you just fail at math?

The payday loan places charge a STEEP interest rate, often as much or more than credit cards, and they charge you the interest on the spot, for a loan of two weeks at the most. A credit card is a much better idea, because you only pay interest on balances you carry forward.

So here's you plan. 1. Write post-dated check to payday loan people 2. Get amount of check minus interest. 3. Check cashes less than two weeks later.

Or 1. Make purchases on credit card. 2. Keep track of purchases. 3. When next pay day comes, send check to credit card company in amount of purchases. OR Wait for bill and pay the balance on the card then (up to a month later).

In my version, you get longer to pay the balance back, and pay NO interest.

gr 9 years, 1 month ago


Don't spend more than you make.

If you make less, spend less.

If you can't afford it today, how are you going to afford tomorrow's needs plus today's needs plus the interest on top of that? Maybe run for congress?

Only in North America can "poverty" hit and everyone gets fat. People in most countries having a hard time making it resort to beans and rice - if they are lucky. They don't eat "snacks".


Chris Ogle 9 years, 1 month ago

Only in America, can we get fat from being broke. Rough life !!!!!

slang4d 9 years, 1 month ago

Payday loans? Seriously? Anyone that's ever been trapped in a payday loan cycle can tell you it had a devastating effect on their financial health (as well as their mental/emotional health). I would tell someone to take a 401k loan before I'd advise them to take out a payday loan. For those who lack the credit for credit cards, it's almost better to just sell the crap you don't use. There is money sitting in all of our houses in the form of clothing, appliances, CDs, DVDs, etc.

Non-processed food is over-priced. A pound of chicken breast will jack up your grocery bill, but you can buy a huge bag of fried frozen fish sticks or something else hideous for far less. (My suggestion for cheap protein is canned tuna or tofu, but many people don't like either) Organic produce? Forget about it- too expensive. A can of nuts costs over three dollars, but you can buy a tin of potato chips for one dollar. So, yeah, when we live off of fast food, hamburger helper and potato chips and white bread instead of whole wheat bread, we get fat. Big surprise!

gr 9 years, 1 month ago

"(My suggestion for cheap protein is canned tuna or tofu, but many people don't like either)"

Slang, what's wrong with beans, rice, oatmeal...? And what does "organic" have anything to do with inexpensive or necessary for "protein"?

You do have a point in that is not what people choose, but then whine about costs, genetics, etc.

countrygirl 9 years, 1 month ago

Hot dogs and mac and cheese are lots cheaper than chicken breast and fresh veggies. Plus people tend to snack more and want comfort foods when they're stressed.

gr 9 years, 1 month ago

So, what's wrong with beans, rice, oatmeal...?

Bruce Liddel 9 years, 1 month ago

Do I have this correct? "Other research has shown that smoking rates, drinking and obesity increase during times of prosperity" and "nervousness over the economy is" increasing obesity?

Isn't it possible - perhaps even probable - that obesity in our country increases all the time, and that the economy has little to do with it? You see, I believe there is a problem with people who imagine themselves to be reporters of the news, when in fact they cannot distinguish between a link and a genuine cause/effect relationship.

gr 9 years, 1 month ago

Marion writes: Where's the beef?

I realize you were being funny, but that is really where the problem is. When not making as much money, rather than curbing back on tastes, they still want the beef.

And that goes for obesity, in addition to government spending.

When they don't, when they won't, when they refuse to consider rice, beans, and oatmeal as an alternative, the underlying problems won't go away.

And the pork accumulates....

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