Food Habits Of Food Deserts

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Food Deserts force families to consume un-healthy food alternatives for higher prices, and leads to further chain reactions that effect the residents physically but also financially. Due to the scarcity of the more diverse food options that super markets provide, neighborhood residents are afflicted with many maladies associated with poor eating habits. Eventually, these poor eating habits lead to obesity which can further lead towards diabetes and even cancer. In addition, Food Deserts are bad for communities, contributes to the overall wealth of the inhabitants of the neighborhood in which due to the expensive food choices that the neighborhood is left with. These choices include but are not limited to corner stores and fast food joints. …show more content…
In addition, the only options that families are left with, are often expensive fast food items and the overpriced processed goods in convenience stores. Often most Americans are led by the misconception that processed foods are cheaper than healthier alternatives. However, this is because of the way that health specialist measured the value compared to the number of calories within a specific item. But what health specialist cannot measure however is the amount of sustainable energy that specific items have vs another. For example, let’s say a bag of Cheetos has a price of 50 cents, versus a 99 cent apple. In addition, a bag of Cheetos has 150 calories and a plain apple has 116 calories. Based on this alone many consumers would see the bag of Cheetos as a steal, but on the contrary the apple would be the actual deal. This is because of how long the apple provides the body with energy as compared to a bag of Cheetos. While the bag of Cheetos may cost the least out of the two items, the consumer will buy another bag of Cheetos as opposed to buying another apple. Thus causing the customer to spend more on the unhealthy snack. In conjunction with having to buy unhealthy food at expensive prices, this continued trend of eating unhealthy, will create unhealthy diets for the residents. Further progression of having an unhealthy diet will lead to complications such as obesity, …show more content…
Substantial evidence proves unhealthy eating habits, contribute towards the overall poor health of many American citizens. In 2013, NBC posted an article that attributed 18% of American deaths towards obesity. In 1980, obesity was not the extreme cases that we see in today society. No states in the 1980s reported having an obesity rate higher than 15 percent, but in 2014 every state now has a rate of 20 percent with 13 going up to 30 percent (theeconomist.com,1/21/14, “Healthier Not Healthy”). This evidence shows the harsh reality associated with poor diets. Consuming unhealthy choices such as fast food, can add thousands of empty calories to the average person’s diet that can’t be worked off during the average worked filled day that comes with sedentary

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