According to a German study of indebtedness and obesity, obesity rates may increase along with rising financial debt as hard times force people to adjust their diet habits.
According to an article published in online journal BMC, the likelihood of being overweight or obese doubled with increasing indebtedness, an association that could not be explained by other socioeconomic or medical factors
“These findings are in accordance with international models assuming a connection between individual’s financial situation and the diversity of access to ‘healthy’ food,” Eva Munster of the University of Mainz and colleagues observed.
The authors defined overindebtedness as “lack of possible debt redemption in due time due to the relation of income and cost of living after a remarkable cutback in standard of living.”
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