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Obesity plagues impoverished residents in Stanislaus, Merced counties
Modesto Bee

The smaller the paycheck, the bigger the belly, say many researchers who study poverty and obesity. It might seem like a paradox, but not having enough money for food doesn’t mean the poor are skinny. The opposite appears to be true: The lower-income are more likely to be heavy than the well-to-do. “Obesity is an economic issue,” said Cyndi Walter, manager of the California Department of Public Health obesity-prevention program, Project LEAN.

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