A recent Kansas State Uni­ver­si­ty study found that the avail­abil­i­ty of super­mar­kets — rather than the lack of them — increased the risk of obe­si­ty for low-income women liv­ing in small cities. The num­ber and types of stores avail­able dif­fered in the met­ro­pol­i­tan, microp­oli­tan and rur­al areas. Rur­al low-income women had 74% few­er super­mar­kets and 55% few­er small gro­cery stores avail­able with­in a 1‑mile radius as com­pared to women in met­ro­pol­i­tan areas. Yet the num­ber of con­ve­nience stores per 10,000 res­i­dents was high­est in rur­al areas. This sug­gests that poli­cies to increase health­ful eat­ing behav­iors might need to be tai­lored based on geo­graph­ic loca­tion.