The Empty Calories of Fossil Fuels
March 20, 2015
by Seth Bauer
In nutrition science, there's a famous paradox: in many parts of the world, especially the "advanced" nations, the poorest people are not starving. Instead they're too fat: poverty is correlated with obesity. In the U.S., for instance, one-third of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year are obese, compared with one-quarter who earn at least $50,000, according to a project of the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Hungry people with limited income turn to the abundant, inexpensive calories in high-carbohydrate foods, and do so at the expense of their health and the health of their children. They are overweight and malnourished and unhealthy, but they're not hungry.
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