Do KFC and McDonald’s target the poor? Fast food restaurants concentrated in areas of deprivation – Mirror Online

This is an excellent, must-read article from UK tabloid, the Mirror. Check it out!

via Do KFC and McDonald’s target the poor? Fast food restaurants concentrated in areas of deprivation – Mirror Online.

The article looks for evidence to test the hypothesis that junk food companies target the poor. This leads to obesity and poor health – ultimately it creates a massive burden for the UK’s free healthcare service, the NHS.

Meanwhile, in the US think tanks are referring to the growing obesity epidemic.

How should society respond?

Thoughts?

Societal cost of obesity could exceed $1.1 trillion, new Brookings research finds | Brookings Institution

This short article and detailed video, published by the Brookings Institution highlights the escalating US obesity epidemic. This is a must read. Check it out!

via Societal cost of obesity could exceed $1.1 trillion, new Brookings research finds | Brookings Institution.

Graphs show how obesity is becoming an epidemic with a potential cost of $1.1 trillion.

It is significant that obesity is highly correlated with poverty in the US. Poor people, especially poor black people are more dependent upon processed food and eat less fresh fruit and vegetables.

Personally, I think that there are lessons to be learned for other advanced countries, like the UK. In the UK, there is evidence that junk food companies are targeting poor areas.

Thoughts?