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HealthDay News writes about a new study saying that "people who shop at lower-cost supermarkets are more likely to be obese than those who shop at higher-priced stores."

According to the story, an examination of information about Washington State residents "found obesity rates were linked to the type of supermarket the people used. The prevalence of obesity was just 9 percent among those who shopped at higher-priced supermarkets, compared to 27 percent at lower-cost stores."

The study says that it is not enough to make supermarkets available and accessible to so-called "food deserts," but that it is at least equally important to make healthy food affordable to low-income shoppers.
KC's View:
I have to believe it is more complicated than just where you shop. It also is the choices you make ... and it is almost as possible to eat healthy - and do so economically - when buying food at a discount store, for example, if you buy more food in the produce department than the bakery. Does accessibility matter? Sure. But ultimately, it is personal choice that makes the difference ... and why I fear that things like the NYC proposed jumbo soda ban won't have the desired impact.