Dr. Mariana Chilton, Children’s HealthWatch Co-Principal Investigator, was quoted in an article about food insecurity and obesity, published by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Food Costs Likely to Boost Obesity in Poor

Concentrating on filling their stomachs, poor, hungry people go for high-fat, high-sugar foods. “They’re not thinking about health – just getting through the day,” said Mariana Chilton, a Co-Principal Investigator with Children’s HealthWatch. Some of the fattest people in America are among the poorest. And with food prices rising, the problem is likely to get worse. A Member of Witnesses to Hunger, Tianna Gaines, who describes herself as impoverished and obese, knows this. At 5-foot-3 and 242 pounds, she lives on public assistance in Frankford and eats junk food because it’s cheap and more readily available in her neighborhood than carrots and apples.

Food Stamps are supposed to help alleviate hunger and allow families to buy nutritious food, but Children’s HealthWatch research shows that the benefit amounts are insufficient.