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Poor Neighborhoods Lack Access to Healthy Foods

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Environment, health, food, Health Day,

“Obesity and numerous chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes are more prevalent in low-income than higher income neighborhoods,” Shannon N. Zenk told Health Day. One reason could be that poor neighborhoods lack access to healthy foods. Even in a big city like Baltimore, research reported by Health Day has found a wide disparity in access to health foods between rich and poor neighborhoods, and between predominantly black and predominantly white areas.

The author of the study Dr. Manuel Franco told Health Day, “If you live in a neighborhood with no healthy options, it'll be tough for you to change your diet.”

samirata2014
4/11/2014 5:54:59 PM

Hey Marlee, I think this research is saying there are fewer farmer’s markets and less access to fruits and veggies in poor neighborhoods than there are in wealthy neighborhoods.http://www.sulfate-free-shampoo.com/ But there is greater access to McDonalds. The research also says that a lot of times, those demographics break down along racial lines.


marlee
3/13/2009 10:07:22 AM

Urban farming ...On a larger scale ...Communitys working together ...


bennett gordon
3/12/2009 4:44:46 PM

Hey Marlee, I think this research is saying there are fewer farmer’s markets and less access to fruits and veggies in poor neighborhoods than there are in wealthy neighborhoods. But there is greater access to McDonalds. The research also says that a lot of times, those demographics break down along racial lines.


marlee
3/12/2009 12:44:39 PM

There are no local Farmers mkt.? No fuit, vegies rice or legumes >? Let's get the 'low' income neighborhoods educated .Teach another alternative way of life . It's not a black white issue by any means it's teaching that there is a better healthier way of eating ... What ever neighborhood it is ... McDonalds didn't become rich because no one goes there . Wake up America ....


elizabeth ryan_2
3/11/2009 2:21:11 PM

People should check out Utne visionary Brahm Ahmadi's work with the People's Grocery in West Oakland, CA. He's very familiar with the lack of healthy food access in low-income neighborhoods. http://www.utne.com/2008-11-13/50-Visionaries-Who-Are-Changing-Your-World.aspx