LatinaLista — We know we’re a nation of gordos (fatties).
And most of us are willing to take personal responsibility for the poor lifestyle choices we’ve made that have gotten us to the point where we tip the scales. Yet a new study shows that some women had no choice but to get fat — that is, if they wanted to put food on the table for their families.
A new study shows that women enrolled in the government’s food stamp program can thank Uncle Sam for being contestant material for “The Biggest Loser” show.
Researchers found that the average user of food stamps had a Body Mass Index (BMI) 1.15 points higher than non-users. The link between food stamps and higher weight was almost entirely based on women users, who averaged 1.24 points higher BMI than those not in the program, the study found. For an average American woman, this would mean an increase in weight of 5.8 pounds.
The study also found that people’s BMI increased faster when they were on food stamps than when they were not, and increased more the longer they were in the program.
The researchers are quick to point out that they can’t prove the food stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), causes weight gain but based on the study’s findings, it’s clear there is a strong link.
Regardless of what happens to healthcare reform, it’s clear the government has to clean up its own act of including foods in the program that are healthy and nutritious and don’t put people already vulnerable at further risk simply because they are poor.