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Does being poor make you fat?

November 30, 2011
MSN Money

Your income and social status are written all over your body, Adam Drewnowski says.

Drewnowski is an epidemiologist. He directs the Center for Obesity Research at the University of Washington in Seattle, and he lectures frequently. "I can pretty much guess the income of an audience by the number of obese women in the room," he says.

"If one-third of my audience is obese, I don't think, 'Oh, my God, these are people with weak willpower or who made bad choices.' I say, 'These are women who do not make more than $40,000 a year.'"

One such low-income woman, Michelle Miller, is in a jam these days. A tough-minded single mother, she, her two teenage kids and their two dogs now live in a converted garage at her childhood home in Vancouver, Wash.

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