Some Links between Poverty and Obesity

by Marie Schwartz

On the Center for Disease Control’s Obesity and Overweight website, they state that “Body weight is the result of genes, metabolism, behavior, environment, culture, and socioeconomic status.” On this Wikki page, I aim to provide a portal to link to websites, research, and articles that discuss the correlations between obesity and poverty. At the bottom of this Wikki, I also included links to the websites of several organizations around Seattle that work on improving access to nutritious foods and exercise for people with low-incomes.

Last year, I had the opportunity to volunteer as an Americorps VISTA working in low-income Seattle schools to help improve access to health food and promote healthy communities working on projects such as Mission: Delicious and Eat Better, Feel Better. This experience opened my eyes on the many ways that poverty can be a sizeable barrier to accessing both healthy foods and having the time and money to be physically active.


NPR program on Research in California and Washington:
Morning Edition, November 26, 2004
Research Effort Eyes Link between Poverty, Obesity

Page on Overweight and Obesity

University of Washington’s Center for Obesity Research:
Poverty and Obesity Forum: Disparities in Diet and Health

Article on Poverty and Obesity by Adam Drewnowski:

California Center for Public Health Advocacy
The Link between Local Food Environments and Obesity and Diabetes

Newspaper articles:

Seattle PI
“No easy access to fresh groceries in many parts of Seattle”
Thursday May 1, 2008

Washington Post
Obesity and Poverty temper kids progress in kid’s well-being”
Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Los Angeles Times
“Study of Children sites obesity, poverty”
January 4, 2007

Local Organizations:

Feet First:

Seattle Public Health’s S.N.A.C. program

Rainier Health and Fitness

Operation Frontline

Lettuce Link

King County Food and Fitness Initiative

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