Obesity And Poverty

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Obesity continues to rise among women, men, and children. Poverty makes it difficult for low-income families to obtain fresh, healthy foods and this lack of nutrients can lead to obesity. Obesity often occurs within families who live in a low-income community. Some families use foods stamps and learn how to balance and pick meals accordingly to prices between healthy and non-healthy foods. However, obesity problems grow within parents who cannot afford to meet the needs of their families; on the other hand, the government wants to make plans on how to restore the balance but does not follow through.
One of the main reasons obesity often occurs are because of food deserts. Moore explains food deserts as “areas where community members do not have access to fresh, healthy foods” (Moore). Some communities are filled with fast foods and convenience stores that only provide non-healthy foods to the people within the community city limits. Moore argues “Just because the amount of fast foods and convenience stores in that particular area gives the assumption that low-income communities are non-profitable, that will lead to more non-healthy foods” (Moore). With this type of assumption can lead to fewer farmer markets to shop for fresh foods, yet also it can hurt the community to grow and bring back grocery stores within the community to
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It was compared with Nguyen’s findings that “32 percent of individuals who didn’t get SNAP benefits did not reach the mark for obesity, and 30 percent of higher-income Americans, yet showing not eating right and not scoring high levels of cholesterol than the border population” (Nguyen). Not to mention the low-income families also struggle within the home and work to cook meals that are somewhat healthy, but affordable and accessible because time is crucial meaning long hours of working and coming home to feed a family, and especially if he or she is a single

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