BOB HIRSHON (host):
An income gap in teen obesity. I’m Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.
Low-income teens face big obstacles to maintaining a healthy weight. This according to a new policy brief from the University of California at Los Angeles. Noting that California teens from low-income households have nearly triple the obesity risk of more affluent peers, health policy researcher Susan Babey and her colleagues offer several remedies. Among them: zoning laws that limit the number of fast-food restaurants in poorer neighborhoods.
SUSAN BABEY (University of California, Los Angeles):
… But also incentives to encourage healthier food options — grocery stores, smaller produce vendors – to come into areas where those types of stores are not as prevalent.
Other recommendations include investing in phys-ed and after-school sports programs, and encouraging families to eat dinner together, which has been shown to promote healthy eating. I’m Bob Hirshon for AAAS, the Science Society.