Fact or fiction? A collection from Outlook’s popular Five Myths series.
MYTH: Lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables is responsible for the obesity epidemic. “The Obama administration’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative is meant to help low-income communities that lack access to fresh food,” writes Deborah Cohen in “Five myths about obesity.” “Although the U.S Department of Agriculture estimates that fewer than 5 percent of Americans live in these ‘food deserts,’ about 65 percent of the nation’s population is overweight or obese.” Here, a meal at a Shake Shack restaurant in Moscow. Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg Buy Photo