Unhealthy or untrue? National news dings Montana county for eating, grocery habits
Published 6 months ago by The Billings Gazette

Mark Murnion shops in the produce section at Van Dyke's Supermarket in Roundup on Tuesday. The store recently expanded their produce section.

A truck is parked at Van Dyke's Supermarket in Roundup on Tuesday.

Van Dyke's Supermarket in Roundup. 

Van Dyke's Supermarket cashier Amy Devine checks out a customer on Tuesday.

The produce section at Van Dyke's Supermarket in Roundup. The store recently expanded their produce section.

ROUNDUP — Musselshell County, home to two grocery stores and about 4,500 Montanans, made national news earlier this month when a Washington Post story gave its residents a worst-in-the-nation ranking when it comes to making healthy food purchases.

That designation, out of 3,142 counties in the nation, came from a recent study by researchers with the National Bureau of Economic Research. The economists analyzed extensive data to understand better the relationship between people's incomes and the nutritional content of the food they eat.

Hunt Allcott, an associate professor of economics at New York University and a co-editor of the Journal of Public Economics, was one of the three authors of the NBER study.

"We were interested in the reality of nutritional inequity, that the wealthy are able to eat more healthfully than the less fortunate in ...

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