Food For Thought: The Importance Of Food For Thought

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Food For Thought
Beginning in the early two thousands, the term “food deserts” came into usage as a way of describing “neighborhoods… with inadequate physical or economic access to healthy food” (Leete, L., Bania, N. & Sparks-Ibanga, 2012, p. 204). It is now popularly understood that food deserts exist in urban areas all across the developed world. Meaning, it is very difficult or impossible for individuals to obtain fresh produce. The majority of these areas do not have grocery stores and are restricted to corner stores, fast food restaurants and gas stations. Families are then forced to get their meals from these locations because they either do not have a car, or the closest grocery store is very far away. You will want to note though that
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It’s important then to establish the significance of the fact that a neighbourhood lacks supermarkets and other places to purchase healthier, fresh, whole foods. In their study “The Influence of Local Food Environments on Adolescents’ Food Purchasing Behaviors” the authors maintain that there exists “...a linkage between food environment and food purchasing behaviors… A close proximity to, and high density of, fast-food outlets was positively associated with increased food purchasing” (He, M., Tucker, P., Gilliland, J., Irwin, J., Larsen, K. & Hess, P. 2012). The authors argue that adolescents will indulge in food that surrounds them. . When there are few grocery stores to be found and there are abundance fast food outlets and convenience stores surrounding either their homes or schools, adolescents will likely purchase from these vendors (He, M. et al, 2012). This should be seen as a cause for concern because while eating poorly as adolescents may be seen as a short term problem, it can turn into a long term one. If individuals grow up in a food desert their “repeated exposures to fast-food outlets and convenience stores may encourage (them)...to develop unhealthy and unwise purchasing habits which may result in the consumption of poor quality foods as they grow into adulthood...this potential has serious implications for the consumer habits and nutritional health of future generations” (He, M. et al,

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