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The Negative Effects Of Food Deserts

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A food desert is an area, typically of low income and minority residents, that lacks access to nutritious and affordable food. Food deserts are places where there are not enough supermarkets, thus the population is deprived of whole foods such as fruits and vegetables. On the contrary, an area with many grocery stores and an abundant supply of affordable and healthful food, is known as a food oasis. In 2010 the United States Department of Agriculture reported that roughly 18 million Americans live in food deserts. These food deserts are defined by residents living more than one mile away from a grocery store in urban or suburban areas, and more than 10 miles away in rural areas (Lee, 2017). The food desert areas put those families and and individuals who are already at a disadvantage, and puts them in a position of greater disadvantages. Food deserts are a social problem for they have detrimental effects on society, and exacerbates the instability and inequality within a community. The lack of nutritious food has many negative effects on the human brain, and body. In the United States, obesity rates amongst children under the age of 11 have been rapidly increasing. Obesity in children is likely to lead into adulthood, due to habitually poor eating patterns as well as the absence of resources to change poor habits. Adults with obesity are far more likely to experience a number of serious health conditions including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. While the rise
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