Food Prices Linked to Weight Gain in Children

November 1, 2005

It's well known that grocery stores are not all created equal- the costs of fresh, healthy foods are typically higher in poorer areas. A RAND Corporation study found links between food costs and kids' health. Where fruits and veggies were more affordable, there were significantly lower gains in Body Mass Index among kindergartners and first graders. Lower meat prices had the opposite effect.