Food Deserts

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Yael Lehmann addressed the issue of Obesity vs Food Deserts in her article “Bringing Healthy Options to Food Deserts” published in The New York Times. Her article argues that healthy foods need to be easily and equally accessible to all people in this country because, “If healthy food is not available, you won’t eat it”. Lehmann believes that if people lack access to healthy foods they have a higher rate of obesity and other related diseases. The author targets the 23.5 million Americans who live more than a mile from the nearest supermarket to support her argument. Furthermore, she included how the state of Philadelphia improved their school food environment. She explained how replacing sodas and chips in vending machines with
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It has become one of the most expensive health problems in the United States since it leads to diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention “children with obesity are bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers and are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem” (Hickey). In 2011, America experienced a decrease in obesity, however, in 2012 the decrease stopped and the rates began to rise. Due to the increase in obesity Lehmann was inspired to write her article because she believes “The Food Trust” is taking the right approach to decrease obesity. As the former executive director of “The Food Trust” Lehmann works hard to provide healthy foods to the communities who need it the most. Lehman wants to make a change in America, but, she cannot do it alone. She needs everyone to make a change in their lifestyle and more importantly their eating habits. Lehman believes that if farmer markets and supermarkets are easily accessible, it will benefit the communities because they will be able to obtain healthy foods at a lower price, causing the food deserts in America to …show more content…
She encourages people to join the fight against obesity, therefore, she gives a solution to the problem. Her solution is to increase farmer markets and supermarkets in food desert communities, nonetheless, people who, exercise, eat healthy, and live in food desert communities might disagree. They might even find her claim weak because her evidence lacked credibility. Although the method she proposed might not be the best, people who have an obesity problem should take it into consideration. Her solution might help those individuals lose

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