Obesity and its associated chronic diseases have become a major health concern in the United States.... Approximately two thirds of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese, and the condition is linked to diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions requiring ongoing medical supervision. Obesity is a particular health concern for the poor. Not only are obesity rates generally higher among those with lower socioeconomic status, but the chronic conditions caused by obesity may present a particular challenge for the poor who often lack access to necessary ongoing medical supervision.
Wendy Collins Perdue, Obesity, Poverty, and the Built Environment: Challenges and Opportunity, in Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader, 510-514 (Lawrence O. Gostin ed., University of California Press rev. 2d ed. 2010).