Homeless Obesity

Andrew Sullivan —  Jun 5 2012 @ 7:19pm

New research indicates that one-third of the homeless population in the US is "formally obese": 

"I thought we’d see a lot more people who were malnourished or underweight," said Jim O’Connell, the medical director of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and co-author of the study. … Obesity-related diseases among America’s 3 million homeless are a looming problem, said O’Connell. Diabetes is typically managed with diet and exercise, neither of which are easily controlled on their lifestyle. Insulin is also problematic because needles are often not permitted inside shelters. "This is going to be a national issue," said O’Connell, who described the homeless situation as anticipating trends in the mainstream U.S. population. Project current health trends into the future, and one in three U.S. adults will be diabetic in 2050.