Is the economy linked to Americans' eating habits?

January 12, 2009 9:47:26 AM PST
There is growing concern that the souring economy could result in extra pounds for many Americans. Health professionals point to numerous studies linking obesity and unhealthy eating habits to low income. They fear as people cut food spending they will cut back on healthy but relatively expensive items such as fresh fish, fruit, vegetables and whole grains in favor of cheaper options that are high in sugar and saturated fats.

Nutrition experts say it is possible to eat in an affordable and healthy way, partly by relying on affordable but nutrient-rich foods such as beans, milk, nuts, cheese, carrots, potatoes, canned tomatoes, soups and rice.