Junk food not cheaper

Junk food isn’t cheaper than healthier alternatives.

The Auckland research disproved a view that the cheap cost of fatty and sugary food was driving an obesity epidemic.

But this latest research, presented at an obesity conference in Auckland last week, revealed there was no difference in the weekly spends between the most and least healthy eaters.

Auckland nutritionist Rebecca Whiting, who led the study, said a person’s ethnicity and salary can have more influence on shopping habits than pricing.

“There are a number of factors that drive consumption, and the cost of food is only one – and it may not be as important as we think.

“Habit, preference, meal planning, time, taste, and the desire for family harmony all contribute to the types of food families buy and the meals they prepare.”

Cost has been used as an excuse for junk diets and obesity but this research shows the issue is far more complex than that.

One Response to Junk food not cheaper

  1. Andrei says:

    And junk science rots the brain.

    Has it ever occurred to these incredibly dreary ninnies that would have us live on a diet of carrot sticks and tofu that it is a triumph of real science (as opposed to their crap) that the poor in the 21st century are more likely to be overweight than dying of malnutrition in the streets.

    Of course the majority of these airheads are over educated upper middle class women, who have never gone to bed hungry and been given everything on a plate and who are essentially clueless as to the realities of life faced by the poor.

    These people would be more usefully employed as toilet cleaners in a cheap brothel rather than pumping out their shit on the taxpayers dime


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