It has become an article of faith among some policy makers and advocates, including Michelle Obama, that poor urban neighborhoods are food deserts, bereft of fresh fruits and vegetables. But two new studies have found something unexpected. Such neighborhoods not only have more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than more affluent ones, but more […]
Mari Gallagher’s response to “Studies Question Pairing of Food Deserts and Obesity” New York Times, April 18, 2012, pp. A1 and A3 Response written April 18, 2012 This is in response to the lengthy but flawed New York Times article on food deserts and obesity that appeared on April 18. I write from the […]
Does the American public need more information about healthy eating? Or do we pretty much know what we need to about food — and still eat poorly for other reasons, like living in a “food desert” or being too busy for “slow food”? Read more at the New York Times.
More than a third of Baltimore neighborhoods don’t have ready access to healthy foods, leaving one in five residents to rely on high-fat, high-calorie meals from corner stores and carryout restaurants, a new assessment shows. City, academic and nonprofit officials have worked for years to eliminate so-called “food deserts,” but they say the latest data […]