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Children in rural North Carolina counties more likely to be obese
Study: Kids in low-income schools fatter
 
Published Sunday, November 20, 2016 7:08 am
by Bonitta Best

DURHAM – A new study recently published in the Journal of School Health reports that North Carolina children in rural counties or who attend high-poverty schools are more likely to be obese.


The study analyzed Body Mass Index data from almost 75,000 third- through fifth-grade students in 317 urban and rural schools. Twenty percent of students were obese, slightly higher than the national average, but those living in a rural area were 1.25 times more likely to be overweight, even when accounting for socioeconomic and racial composition.

“There are a lot of unique features in rural areas that could lead to high levels of obesity,” said Joy Piontak, a research analyst at Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy, and co-author of the article. “Food insecurity, poverty, the inability to recover from economic recession or a lack of access to grocers could all potentially affect obesity rates.

Researchers also found a higher obesity rate among students who attended high-poverty schools and those with a large minority population. But, overall, poverty was the most contributing factor.

“We should look at interventions in schools and not just target individual kids,” Piontak continued. “We can teach a kid how to eat better or exercise more, but if we know that particular schools or places are more likely to have higher rates of obesity, we can look at the food or the types of physical education opportunity available there.”

N.C. State professor Michael D. Schulman also co-authored the article.

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I would like to review this insightful study. While the consumable products marketed by the conglomerates appear to target particular demographics, all Americans are repeatedly inundated by advertising to not only spend their dollars but compromise their health. The addiction to overeating has now become acceptable. The "good" industry has scored significant victories where schools feature their products and children's minds and metabolism have been distorted. America's future looks bleak. These "foods" , just like narcotics , are another form of social control.
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