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Poor People Who Make Inexpensive Food Choices Pay A Price

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When it comes to health, there is a definite price that those who are economically challenged have to pay. Perhaps the greatest price is one that takes years to reveal itself. I am talking about the toll that poor dietary choices put on people.

We all know that many Americans go hungry every day and hunger can lead people to buy more inexpensive foods they know are not good for their health.

According to a new survey, about 80 percent of them make bad food choices and delay rent or utility bills to pay for food. Practices like these have real health consequences.

In about 1 in 3 households receiving food assistance, at least one household member has diabetes. In more than half of these households, at least one member has high blood pressure.

One of the major concerns is making healthier foods available at reduced costs.

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