Pros And Cons Of Living In A Food Desert

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23.5 million people in America live in a food desert. A food desert is a geographic area where affordable and nutritious food is difficult to obtain, usually in rural areas and low-income communities. Not being able to have easy access to grocery stores changes multiple things. Most of the time you have to buy multiple of one item to prevent running out. This causes a problem because fruits and vegetables do not stay ripe forever. Therefore many families will buy foods that are able to be froze or have a longer shelf life. These foods are normally processed or unhealthy. Another issue for families that live in a food desert is the money it takes to travel to a grocery store. Driving 45 miles to a store equals a total of 90 miles. Many families have a hard enough time paying for the groceries themselves and adding extra expenses causes more stress on the individual. One in three children born in the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes. That statement alone makes me ask many questions. In the film, two factors were shown related to why diet-related illness is increasing in young people. One is because junk food such as chips and cookies are cheaper than fruits and vegetables and for families on fixed income they are going to choose the cheaper products because it is all they can afford. Another factor is because when the children are…show more content…
Growing up in a town that is heavily populated with low income families, I felt like I had seen most of the struggles first hand not knowing all the issues behind and kept inside the homes of each family. I feel like it is a major issue in America and not enough is being done to help stop it. Food availability is something that goes at the top of the chain. If food is not available then hunger sets in, which results in not getting adequate nutrition. Even though that is a simple chain it causes a tremendous amount of health issues for many

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