Lack Of Access To Grocery Stores May Lead To Higher Obesity Rates

Medical Daily: Nov 5, 2013

In many city neighborhoods, a single grocery store may be surrounded by dozens of satellites selling the urban staples: beer, cigarettes, lottery tickets, pizza slices, milk, non-perishables, no fresh fruits and vegetables.

Those areas of the country bereft of middle-brow chain stores, or high-end retailers like Fresh Fields, public policy experts refer to as “food deserts.” Some urbanites lack even a single grocer with fresh fruits and vegetables, within walking distance, with farmers’ markets even rarer. In such communities in the United States, residents may experience higher rates of diabetes, hypertension,heart disease, and stroke than others, an investigator from Indiana University-Purdue University found in a new study. Read more