Teen obesity more prevalent among low-income families
A study released on wednesday presents the strange picture of obese problem in childrens.According to new study obese problems found in low income families,46%-49% of low income teens prefer eating fast food junks.
Children from low-income households are nearly three times more likely to be obese as children from affluent households in California, according to a new study released on Wednesday.
Statewide, 21 percent of teens living in low-income families are obese, compared to 8 percent of teens from more affluent families, researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles said in the study.
"Low-income" was defined as having an income of less than 19,971 U.S. dollars for a family of four or 12,755 dollars for a family of two, according to federal poverty guidelines, while "more affluent" was defined making more than 59,913 dollars for a family of four or 38,256 dollars for a family of two.
There are about 480,000 obese adolescents from all income levels in California, according to the report.
The researchers blamed the disparity in obesity on a higher intake of sugary soda and fast food, fewer opportunities to participate in organized sports, more television watched, and less general physical activity.
High numbers of fast-food restaurants and low numbers of parks in poorer neighborhoods contribute to the problem.