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Poverty adds to the decline of exercising with adults and children.

Fewer health facilities exist in low-income neighborhoods and membership to gyms can be expensive. Low-income schools are more likely cut physical education programs, thus reducing the hours of exercise in a child's day.

 

Low-income schools also make franchise deals with snack food companies to fill the vending machines in order to subsidize low budgets. Taking away money from low-income schools will only decrease exercise time for students.

 

 

Advertisers have a serious impact on TV watchers. $1.1 billion was spent on ads by McDonald's in 2001. Government's pro-vegetable and fruit campaign budget was only $1.1 million that same year. According to a recent study done by Northeastern University, people in the poorest urban areas are two and a half times more likely to be exposed to fast food restaurants than people in the higher income areas.

Also, people who live in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to eat and watch TV, as opposed to eating and playing outside because the community may be dangerous.

All in all, poor urban area people are at a higher risk for obesity, due to a combination of dietary and anti-activity related factors that are based on socio-economic status.