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by SixFigureStart | February 23, 2009

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Last week, Forbes threw out the query, Is The Economy Making You Fat? This isn't a new topic--just google "recession economy fat," and you'll see what I mean. The Forbes piece generally explains that less money in one's pocket leads to the termination of gym memberships, forsaking more expensive nutritious foods for cheap boxes of macaroni and cheese, and eschewing medical checkups and the like. Also:

"One recent survey of over 1,000 Americans revealed that 25% were more likely to eat high-calorie comfort food because of the economic downturn. And doctors, dietitians and trainers report that their clients' waistlines are expanding as they turn to cupcakes, chips and pizza to cope with dwindling bank accounts and investments."

Look, I'm not advocating unhealthy habits, but is this really so bad? Sure, the article quotes a woman who put on 30 pounds, and it's true that in this economy, having to buy new clothes to fit your larger recession frame would really suck. So don't go overboard. But who cares if eating a cupcake or pizza makes you feel better--it should! Don't deride the mood enhancing effects of life's simple pleasures. Give yourself permission to cope with economic anxiety in any way you see fit, so long as you stay in working condition.

Anyway, this comes from somebody who really does believe that butter makes everything better. Readers, what are your food weaknesses? Are any of you starting to feel extra indulgent? Share below!

--Posted by Linda Petock, Vault News & Commentary

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