“Recession Obesity”: Economic Woes Make People Sick and Fat

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Here’s the scenario: People lose their jobs and health insurance. They don’t have money to pay for gym memberships. They hold off on medical care because they’re worried about the costs. They’re depressed, and eat more than they should. They also eat more fast food to fill up on the cheap. And the net result is that a lot of people have put on extra pounds and watched as their overall health has taken a sharp turn for the worse.

The scenario has been called “recession obesity,” and there aren’t enough slots on “The Biggest Loser” to help everyone keep their weight in line. However, two health leaders in New England offer a recipe for getting Americans healthier in a Boston Globe op-ed.