May 25, 2012 3:52 PM GMT
Another myth in the class war being pushed by some demagogues, bites the dust.
A new study from Harvard Medical School and Oxford University reports that obesity may have replaced underweight as the new malnutrition of the homeless and that obesity is just as common among the homeless as it is among the general population. The study suggests diet and natural body adaptation to starvation as two possible causes.
A new study dispels the myth that, in general, the homeless are starving and underweight. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Oxford University report that obesity is just as common among the homeless as it is among the general population. One reason, the authors suggest, could be because cheap, instantly satisfying foods often contain a high levels of fat and sugar. Another reason could be that bodies experiencing chronic food shortages adapt by storing fat reserves.
This study supports other research that demonstrates that the highest prevalence of obesity now exists in low-income groups. The study concludes that although being underweight has traditionally been associated with homelessness, obesity may have replaced underweight as the new malnutrition of the homeless.
These findings will be published in the Journal of Urban Health.