A study from the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control shows that convenience plays a larger role than poverty in the obesity epidemic. The study found that of the 72.5 million adults who are obese 41 percent earn at least $35,000, while 20 percent of the obese are considered poor
In the U.S. nearly all people consume enough calories daily but they are not necessarily getting the nutrients they need for long-term health. Malnutrition, meaning bad nutrition, is most likely to occur among the poor. Organizations working to help the hungry are trying to address individual nutritional needs and provide healthy alternatives such as fresh fruits and vegetables, often with the help of local farmers.
This 2010 Mathematica report by Laura Castner and James Mabli looks at low-income populations’ spending patterns in 2005, specifically comparing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) income with those that are eligible for SNAP but do not use it.
This report, from the Brookings Institute, profiles transportation in 100 cities across the US and provides background on factors that influence the efficiency of transportation in those areas, and looks at how transportation connects people to jobs in low-income communities.