A diet consisting of these foods can actually allow a person to spend less and eat more if perishable foods are eliminated from the diet (Drewnowski, 2009). Poor individuals choose these foods because they provide energy at the lowest cost. The poor nutrition associated with these foods can lead to a number of health problems, including weight gain.
People living in areas of poverty have a more difficult time accessing food that is nutritious as well. Baker (2006) suggests that auditing tools utilized to determine access to grocery chains providing fresh fruits and vegetable show individuals in poor neighborhoods are underserved. Access to fast food, however is higher in poor neighborhoods than it is in affluent areas.
Finally, a connection has been found between the education level of the mother and children that are obese (Reilly, 2005). Lower education levels generally mean a lower economic status, but not always. This study found that the level of education, not economic status is a better indicator as to whether or not children will grow to be obese. Maternal education level has been show to affect food choice and understanding of nutrition.