A new German study shows that financial insecurity and debt leads to obesity. The research followed over 9000 people and found that levels of obesity rise with debt. Certain lifestyle changes linked to debt, such as restricted daily activities, comfort and stress eating and poorer available food choices may all contribute to the increased pounds during financial hard times. For example, carbs like bread, rice, pasta and sweets are generally less expensive than foods such as meat, fish and fresh vegetables. Also some people may have given up gym memberships in an attempt to reign in their budgets. In the same fashion, fast food restaurants are offering deals on meals packed with fat and calories that at first glnce are hard to pass up. But we ultimately know better. The last year or so has been rough on many people with the fall of the stock market, credit crunch and increased unemployment rates and experts suggest the increase n obesity will continue until economic times get better.