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Thread #141739   Message #3264243
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
27-Nov-11 - 10:32 AM
Thread Name: BS: UK women are 'fattest in Europe'
Subject: RE: BS: UK women are 'fattest in Europe'
Bluesman's characterization of the undeserving poor is a toxic stereotype that has contributed to the problem many who live in subsidized housing face. Anyone is bound to have weight problems if they haven't been taught about healthy eating and if it is difficult or impossible to find healthy food choices in their neighborhood. Many of these people live in "food deserts" because many of the larger chain grocery stores that provide these foods elsewhere are reluctant to set up shop in these marginalized neighborhoods.

"Food deserts are areas that lack access to affordable fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk, and other foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet."

How can food deserts affect your health?
Many scientific studies have suggested that food deserts may negatively affect health outcomes, but more research is needed to determine how access influences the types of foods consumers purchase and eat. Some researchers believe a link exists between access to affordable nutritious foods and the intake of those foods. However, other studies have shown that even after healthier food options are more widely available in food deserts, many consumers continue to make unhealthy choices based on personal preferences.