People are not only tightening their belts financially – obesity figures have fallen since the start of the recession.
A study has found that the number of people who have become dangerously overweight halved in the three years after the financial crisis of 2007.
The results have baffled researchers because they had expected waistlines to expand as the economic downturn affected family incomes. Previous studies have found that people with less money tend to buy foods which are cheaper but higher in calories – such as takeaways and pre-packaged meals – which is why poorer families are more likely to gain weight.
Academics do not yet know why the most recent research appears to suggest that having less money reduces the number of people becoming fat.