Research Paper Diabetes

2781 Words Mar 24th, 2013 12 Pages
Caroline
SOC 005
Dr
November 15th, 2011

Diabetes in the U.S.
Diabetes is a disease rapidly increasing throughout the world today, and it is often referred to as the world’s modern epidemic. According to The World Health Organization (WHO) there were 171 million people suffering from diabetes worldwide in 2000. They are expecting this number to be doubled by year 2050 with 366 million diagnosed people. The organization’s most recent “calculations indicate that worldwide almost 3 million deaths per year are attributable to diabetes” (World Health Organization). It is clear that diabetes is a huge problem in the world, and a research called “The burden of Mortality Attributable to Diabetes: Realistic estimates for the year 2000”
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The supermarkets like Giant are not located in the urban areas, but rather out in the suburbs, which almost translates into neglecting the poor fresh, healthy foods. Unfortunately, the U.S., like many other countries such as Norway, has made the calories of junk food cheaper than the calories of healthy food, which means that if there would have been a store selling fresh foods in these areas – would the people living in the neighborhood shop there?
A research published in 2004 called “Povery and obesity: the role of energy density and energy costs” investigated the relationship “between obesity and diet quality, dietary energy density, and energy costs”(Specter and Drewnowski 6). As a mentioned earlier, being part of a racial minority is a clear characteristic within the poor population, and according to this research, they (except Asians) have higher rates when it comes to obesity and being overweight than the American white population. There is an obvious connection between being poor and that leading to serious health conditions such as diabetes and obesity. “The energy cost of cookies or potato chips was ≈20 cents/MJ (1200 kcal/$), whereas that of fresh carrots was ≈95 cents/MJ (250 kcal/$). The energy cost of soft drinks was, on average, 30 cents/MJ (875 kcal/$), whereas that of orange juice from concentrate was 143 cents/MJ (170 kcal/$). Fats and oils, sugar, refined grains, potatoes, and beans represented some of the

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