Friends with weight-loss benefits
Friends with weight-loss benefits

Children born in South Los Angeles, where per capita income is $13,000, live on average 10 years less than children born in the affluent neighborhood of Pacific Palisades, according to the Health Atlas for the City of Los Angeles. This is health inequality. There are countless reasons for this gap. Many involve food. Low-income families often live in "food deserts," where little fresh produce is available. Fast-food restaurants abound, offering cheap, tasty but unhealthful choices. But there's another reason for this health gap that is rarely talked about — the power of social networks. ------------ For the Record Jan. 29, 9:15 p.m.: The first paragraph of this...