Food location vs. Economy Jack Kiefer

Food Deserts

Food Deserts are defined as parts of the country lacking in fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods. These food deserts are usually found in impoverished areas. More than 23 million Americans, including 6.5 million children, live in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods that are more than a mile away from a supermarket. The USDA defines what's considered a food desert. To qualify as a “low-access community,” at least 500 people and/or at least 33 percent of the census tract's population must reside more than one mile from a supermarket or large grocery store.

RISE IN OBESITY

In an experiment performed by Sanae Inagami, those who traveled 1.76 miles or more weighed almost 0.8 BMI unit (4.8 lb for a 5’5” person) more than those who travel 1.75 miles or less

What's the solution?

First Lady Michelle Obama has been working on the “Let’s Move Initiative”, which aims to lower the obesity rate across the country. She aims to work together to make neighborhoods healthier by creating opportunities for physical activity and access to healthy, affordable food. These are solvable problems. This Initiative provides financing tools for healthy food restaurants and grocery stores in the form of tax credits, grants, or low-cost loans and technical assistance.

There are also many new grocery stores on the rise, such as Aldi, that are cheaper alternatives to expensive grocery stores. These stores give the inner-city populations that are known to be low income areas a chance to dig themselves out of this never ending cycle and give them the opportunity to become healthy.

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