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WI Cancer Society: Watch Your Diet In The Bad Economy

January 23, 2009

Milwaukee, WI - The sour economy could lead to more health problems, but it doesn't have to. While several studies have linked obesity to low income, eating well to stay healthy doesn't have to cost a lot, according to the Wisconsin chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Spokesperson Laurie Pagel says, making the right decisions will play a great role in keeping you healthy during these tough economic times, and always.

"Your individual cancer risk has actually more to do with what you do than what you inherit."

Pagel believes the bad economy could make a difficult situation even worse for those who are hard-pressed.

"Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now considered overweight or obese and obesity does increase the risk of dying from many different types of cancer. "

Making the right decisions at the grocery store doesn't have to cost more, according to Pagel.

"They aren't as expensive as people think. Fresh produce can be less expensive than cheap or quick fast-food options out there."

In a poor economy some turn to low-cost highly-processed foods, which can lead to weight gain. Pagel says there are many lower-cost alternatives including fresh produce, nuts and grains that can save money and calories when times are tough.

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - WI