Saturday, September 22, 2012

Myth of food deserts

The current AAAS Science magazine says:
Host – Edward Hurme
Food deserts, or communities where grocery stories are few and far between, may be linked to unhealthy eating and obesity. But would supplying neighborhoods with healthy options actually stop unhealthy eating and slim down the populace? In a News Story, Science news writer Jennifer Couzin-Frankel examined the research designed to answer this question. Isabelle Boni spoke with her about projects in several major cities in the U.S.

Interviewee – Jennifer Couzin-Frankel
So this is an article that is about improving access to healthy foods among mostly underprivileged neighborhoods that currently lack that access. They may not have grocery stores that offer fresh produce or other healthy options like low-fat dairy and so on. And it’s about trying to change that, in the hopes of changing eating habits and eventually changing obesity rate.
The article is behind a paywall.

This is crazy. Low-fat dairy is not healthier than other foods. The high obesity rate is not caused by poor people having to drink whole milk because they have no access to low-fat milk.

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