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Hunger and Obesity in the Bronx

Imagine living in the Bronx.

It's in one of the greatest cities in the world. Yet the Bronx has the highest incidence of obesity in New York City, while also having the most residents who do not have enough money to buy food, according to a New York Times story.

"Hunger and obesity are often flip sides to the same malnutrition coin," Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, told The Times. "Hunger is certainly almost an exclusive symptom of poverty. And extra obesity is one of the symptoms of poverty."

The Times story is based, in part, on a January survey by the Food Research and Action Center, which looked at the extent which Americans are experiencing "food hardship": struggling to find money to buy enough food during the recession. The survey looked at data at the national, state, metropolitan statistical area and congressional district level.

"Nearly one in five households is struggling with hunger. This should be of tremendous concern to the nation," FRAC President Jim Weill said in a statement.

The Times story also notes that full-service supermarkets are rare in poor areas like the Bronx, forcing residents to rely on cheap, but unhealthy fast food.

What do you think? If you look at the information in the survey, how does your part of the country compare with the Bronx? Are you better off or worse in terms of food hardship?

How much is obesity a problem in your area? Do you see the same obesity-food hardship problem as the Bronx?

What do you think can be done to solve the problem?

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