A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that Americans receiving food stamps are more likely to be overweight and obese than those who do not receive assistance.
The USDA analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for the years between 2007 and 2010 and found that 29 percent of Americans are overweight and 31 percent are obese.
Overall, 40 percent of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants were found to be obese. Only 32 percent of income-eligible nonparticipants were obese, while 30 percent of those who made too much money to qualify for assistance were obese.
The pattern held for children as well as for adults.