Hidalgo County, Tex., on the border with Mexico, has among the highest obesity rates and the highest poverty rates in the United States. Residents can afford only the cheapest foods, and now those foods are wreaking havoc on their health.
Luisa Colin, an extension agent for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program in Hidalgo County, walks near the border fence separating the United States and Mexico. Colin once received food stamps and understands the county’s high levels of poverty. The county has one of the highest obesity rates and poverty rates in the country. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post