March 20, 2014
by ntfbadmin

Child Obesity: Different Fight, Same Objective

March 20, 2014
by ntfbadmin

Some could argue child obesity is of no concern to North Texas Food Bank. After all, as long as obese children have food to eat, NTFB’s job is done, right? As a matter of fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. In our fight against hunger, our goal is to make food insecure North Texans healthier, smarter and stronger. That means our job is only done when food insecure families are provided with healthy food that will make them smarter and stronger.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), high prices for fresh fruits and vegetables increase the risk that low and middle income children will be overweight. HHS researchers also found that higher fast food prices were associated with obesity as fast foods chains are more likely to boost prices based on greater demand.

North Texas families struggling to pay heating, medical and day-to-day bills have less money for fresh produce and fruits and are highly likely to focus on a dollar for return ration that makes caloric rich, less healthy foods, a mainstay choice for keeping food on the table.

The study concentrated on families under 300 percent of the federal poverty line. In 2013, this would include a family of four with an income less than $70,650. The study also found that children residing in areas with higher fruit and vegetable prices (like food deserts) had higher than average body-mass index (BMI).

Believe it or not, these food deserts are not uncommon in North Texas. That’s why NTFB maintains multiple child hunger relief programs to provide these families with healthy food for their children to grow up healthier, smarter and stronger.

If you find child hunger as unacceptable as our hunger fighters at NTFB, you can make a difference! All it takes is $1 to provide 3 meals! Visit us here to make a difference today: http://web.ntfb.org/donate.

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Some could argue child obesity is of no concern to North Texas Food Bank. After all, as long as obese children have food to eat, NTFB’s job is done, right? As a matter of fact, nothing could be farther from the truth. In our fight against hunger, our goal is to make food insecure North Texans healthier, smarter and stronger. That means our job is only done when food insecure families are provided with healthy food that will make them smarter and stronger.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), high prices for fresh fruits and vegetables increase the risk that low and middle income children will be overweight. HHS researchers also found that higher fast food prices were associated with obesity as fast foods chains are more likely to boost prices based on greater demand.

North Texas families struggling to pay heating, medical and day-to-day bills have less money for fresh produce and fruits and are highly likely to focus on a dollar for return ration that makes caloric rich, less healthy foods, a mainstay choice for keeping food on the table.

The study concentrated on families under 300 percent of the federal poverty line. In 2013, this would include a family of four with an income less than $70,650. The study also found that children residing in areas with higher fruit and vegetable prices (like food deserts) had higher than average body-mass index (BMI).

Believe it or not, these food deserts are not uncommon in North Texas. That’s why NTFB maintains multiple child hunger relief programs to provide these families with healthy food for their children to grow up healthier, smarter and stronger.

If you find child hunger as unacceptable as our hunger fighters at NTFB, you can make a difference! All it takes is $1 to provide 3 meals! Visit us here to make a difference today: http://web.ntfb.org/donate.

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