The best and worst countries for cheap, healthy food

by Rachel Baker on January 17, 2014

Here is an interesting conundrum…how do you battle obesity and other diseases that require changes in diets if you can’t afford healthy food that would help you live a healthier lifestyle?

The U.S. is the No. 1 country in the world for access to affordable food, according to a new report. But when it comes healthy diets, we’re at the bottom of the heap.

The report, released by the anti-poverty nonprofit Oxfam, ranks the world’s best and worst places to eat based on a number of separate but interrelated factors. In a given country, the researchers looked, first and foremost, at whether enough food was available; then, at whether it was affordable. Next, they considered the food’s quality — are fresh, diverse options available? — and finally, at the rate of diet-related obesity and diabetes.

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