Poverty is a growing and serious problem across the United States which is major killer that steals more lives than terrorism. Disinformation shares some thoughts on why poor kids in the US are fat and hungry. Primarily, poor people can only afford junk food. The little money they can get from food stamps can buy a lot of soda pop and processed foods but very fresh few fruits and vegetables. Therefore, even though America’s poor are often hungry they also suffer from obesity and associated complications such as diabetes. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reported in a news release on Oct. 11, 2013, "Healthier Diets Possible in Low-Income, Rural Communities in America."
In the United States, kids generally don't eat enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Instead, their diets generally include excessive amounts of sugars and solid fats, which increases the risk of obesity and diabetes. A two-year intervention study in low-income, rural areas where a disproportionately higher risk of overweight and obesity habits among children persists was implemented by a team of investigators. The children who were enrolled in the study consumed significantly more fruits and vegetables than other kids.
Lead investigator Christina Economos, PhD, of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, said, "Our primary objectives were to improve the diets, physical activity levels, and weight status of rural children based on the successful model developed by Tufts University researchers for the Shape Up Somerville study." The students who were in the intervention sample were given daily access to healthier school foods and weekly educational curriculum which incorporated the goals of the Shape Up Somerville model.
Goals included eating more fruits and vegetables, keeping down television and other screen time, and at least one hour of physical activity daily. Nutritional profiles of students in CHANGE schools was significantly better than students in the control schools due to this intervention. Dr. Cohen concluded, "The outcomes of the CHANGE study provide evidence that a multi-component intervention targeting low-income children living in rural communities in America can improve their diet quality."