Study: Poor Californians Eating Healthier, Still Fat

The past decade has seen nonprofits, government officials and foodies across California do everything possible to get poor people off their junk-food- and processed-food-heavy diet and eat healthier. And the push seems to be working: A report sponsored by the California Endowment shows that one of the programs it helped to fund helped change the eating habits of poor Californians, especially in public schools.

But has the program helped trim the waistlines of obese Californians? Nope.

One of the main problems, according to the report, is trying to convince local grocery stores to stock better food choices. It's "difficult to implement and particularly challenging to sustain [healthy eating habits] in the absence of policies that give store owners incentives to make changes that significantly shift the balance from unhealthy to healthy foods," according to the study, which you can find here. Very true. Although farmers' markets continue to proliferate, we gotta get them where the Mexis, Okies descendants and African-Americans live, son!

As for students, their BMI index remained the same over the two-year report, largely because the funders felt there wasn't enough "time and intensity of effort required to achieve measurable outcomes." Huh? One of the main problems? Not enough P.E. time, or waste of it. There was positive news, as well: If you push enough, you can change perceptions of healthy food among the poor and get them off that Flamin' Hot Cheetos fix once and for all.

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John J.
John J.

I have been eating greens, veggies, fruit and meat for 5 weeks now. No take-out and no sugar. Also trying to stay away from complex carbs. 15 pounds off - so far. One third of my goal. The best Healthcare Program in America would be us taking care of ourselves. 

Prattle On, Boyo
Prattle On, Boyo

It's difficult to lose weight when the food supply is poisoned with HFCS and neurotoxic sugar substitutes.  HFCS is literally in everything. It is a toxic chemical masquerading as sugar that blocks your body's own chemical signals from stomach to brain to signal that the stomach is full. And yet HFCS is in food items such as : yogurt; bread; sour cream; non frosted cereal such as shredded wheat, not just sugared items such as candy. The frankenfood ppl like Monsanto are poisoning the U.S. population with their toxic chemicals.

Brian Kildare
Brian Kildare

All forms of sugar -- not just high-fructose corn syrup -- and almost all sugar substitutes are unhealthy in the sense that, sooner or later, a large majority of the over-indulgent will get diabetes and/or experience the thrill of heart attack or stroke. Maybe early death wouldn't be so bad if it weren't inevitably preceded by years and years of progressively painful and restricted living, even when you're not yet ancient. (Look hard at the faces of many people in their fifties to see what I mean.) If you haven't read some of the mainstream books and articles on all this, do so and sidestep an otherwise predetermined future. The key is to take control over your own life -- don't wait for government bureaucrats to develop sections and subsections for Health and Happiness, federally required approach to maintaining.

Prattle On, Boyo
Prattle On, Boyo

Anything consumed in great quantities is going to result in weight gain, but HFCS and regular cane sugar are not the same thing. Metabolically, they are processed differently. HFCS is a chemical. Cane sugar is natural.

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