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Having A Walmart Come To Town Makes You Fat

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:13 AM
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Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons An interesting thing happens when that shiny new Walmart supercenter comes to town: people get fatter. Charles Courtemanche , assistant professor of economics at the University of North Carolina, followed the spread of Walmarts across the country, and the spread in girth of citizens nearby. The 2009 research found that "An additional Supercenter per 100,000 residents increases average BMI (body mass index) by 0.25 units and the obesity rate by 2.4 percentage points."... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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