OBESITY AMONG THE UNDERFED
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Obesity is a nationwide problem afflicting all segments of the population, including those with little to eat. Anne Holcomb, Director of Food For People, realizes this may seem counterintuitive. However, Holcomb sits on the board of the California Association of Food Banks and sees food banks struggle to provide healthy fare. The problem stems from the quality of food donations. Supermarkets and people often give items that they themselves do not want. Holcomb's program turns down frequent offers of sodas, and she faces challenges in getting produce. Poverty is another cause of obesity, leading low-income persons to seek inexpensive foods with a high fat content to feel satiated. Cheaper foods also tend to have higher calories and less nutrition.