Infographic Highlights Correlation Between Obesity and Supermarket Locations

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Research shows that people who live near a supermarket may have lower body mass indexes and reduced rates of obesity. A new infographic from takes a closer look at a variety of factors impacting obesity and the ability to make healthy eating choices.

Access to stores that offer fresh produce and high-quality brands is an important factor in the development of good eating habits for individuals and their families., a leading culinary web portal, recently released “Supermarket Secrets,” an infographic exploring the role supermarkets play in healthy eating decisions. The infographic suggests that grocery shopping habits are influenced by lifestyle, income and education, all of which play an important role when it comes to making healthy choices.

Living near a supermarket may be a significant factor in healthy eating, according to a French study that found a correlation between higher body mass index (BMI), larger waist circumference and living far away from a supermarket. This is especially concerning because a 2009 U.S. Department of Agriculture study reported that 23 million Americans do not live within one mile of a grocery store. The same study found that people with high incomes are twice as likely to live near a supermarket as people with low incomes.

"One health benefit that is sometimes overlooked is how close one lives to a supermarket,” said Heidi Agustin, spokesperson for “Access to stores that offer fresh produce and high-quality brands is an important factor in the development of good eating habits for individuals and their families.”

The infographic also suggests ways consumers can shop smarter, including carefully eyeing labels, sticking to the perimeter of the store and shopping at stores that promote wellness and offer healthy products.

“I hope visitors to our site will find our infographic on the benefits of healthy eating useful,” explained Agustin. “We’re providing the information to help them make mindful choices.”

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The Chef2Chef Culinary Portal is an interactive community for chefs, culinary students, culinary instructors and food lovers. The site offers in-depth forums, online cooking classes, a job board and a culinary school directory. The annual rankings presented by Chef2Chef are compiled from the votes of food, beer and wine lovers around the world. is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor-friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit
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