Obesity rates in the US climb, but health stores remain busy

2 years 3 weeks 8 hours ago January 31, 2015 Jan 31, 2015 Saturday, January 31 2015 Saturday, January 31, 2015 2:19:00 PM CST in News
By: Sara Maslar-Donar, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Despite the wet weather, Lucky's Market in Columbia was steadily buzzing with customers on Saturday.

Lucky's Market promotes healthy eating by providing fresh and organic food from local farmers. Many people in the store today said they appreciate the options Lucky's provide.

"I come to places like Lucky's because it's better for me to be eating this than Easy Mac on the weekends," said customer Allison Newton. "There's a salad bar so I can make a good salad and not just be eating chips in my sorority house."

Even though Lucky's aisles were crowded Saturday, a recent Gallup poll showed that obesity rates in the United States have increased to 27.7 percent in 2014. The article reported this is "the highest obesity rate Gallup and Healthways have measured in seven years of tracking it."

From the research it gathered, Gallup was able to glean some of the implications of obesity besides health problems. Gallup found that higher obesity rates could be linked to lower social well-being, lower incomes and long-term unemployment. 

Despite the less than encouraging numbers, many places like Lucky's are trying to promote healthy eating. 

Natural Grocers in Columbia had a tasting fair Saturday so people could sample more nutritious food and learn how to handle and prepare it daily. 

Safiyah Elkomy shopped at Lucky's Saturday, and she said she tries to be healthy because she wanted to continue to live a lighter and happier lifestyle.

"Today with all the fast food and everything, people aren't paying attention to what they are eating and it's really important to be healthy," she said. 

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