Weight gain tied to bleak financial situation

Waistlines are expanding as worries about the economy worsen, according to doctors, dietians and trainers in a Forbes.com story last week. Caroline Apovian, M.D., director of the Center for Nutrition and Weight Management and director of clinical research for the Obesity Center, both at Boston Medical Center, has seen the eating habits of her patients worsen.

“My patients used to be able to keep their weight under control by eating lots of fresh produce and lean protein,” said Dr. Apovian. “Now they can’t afford these things. As a result, they’re seeing the numbers on the scale creep up, along with their blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.” 

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